Rainfall's still sorely needed in and around the Stateline, and there's some on the way this weekend. While those with outdoor plans will want to closely monitor the skies this weekend, we're confident that rain-free hours are to significantly outnumber the wet ones, and that the bulk of any wet weather is likely to come as most are asleep.
An initial round of showers and storms will be attempting to lift northeastward into our area Saturday morning. These will be weakening, in all likelihood, and will tend to favor areas south of Interstate 88. That said, a few showers can't be ruled out anywhere in the opening half of Saturday. This activity shouldn't last any more than an hour.
We'll enjoy a quiet Saturday afternoon and evening before turning our attention to a second, potentially more powerful cluster of storms set to arrive here after midnight. Given the copious amounts of moisture likely to be in our atmosphere at the time, these will likely be very efficient rainmakers, and torrential downpours are a good be, though flash flooding shouldn't be a major concern due to the storms' relatively fast movement. Additionally, there's at least some concern for severe weather, especially as you head west of Rockford. The westernmost parts of our area have been placed under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms, with damaging wind and large hail our main severe threats.
Following another break in the activity, a third cluster of storms may sweep through toward or slightly after sunrise Sunday, offering another hour or two of rainfall. At this juncture, it appears as though the rest of Sunday will be dry, with heat and humidity regaining top story status.