It has been quite warm and humid over the last 24 hours in the area, and that will continue for the majority of Thursday. Rain and storms moved through early Wednesday morning, and that will again be the case late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Some of the rain could be heavy. In fact, Whiteside and Lee Counties are under a Flash Flood Watch. The heaviest of the rain will remain south of US 20. The rain ends into Thursday morning before a an area of high pressure briefly dictates our weather Thursday evening through Friday evening. That will allow clearing skies later Thursday into Friday. Temperatures Thursday night will be allow to fall into the upper 50's before only rebounding into the upper 70's Friday afternoon. The all-important first Football Friday forecast is still looking great. Temperatures for the games should be in the lower 70's with partly to mostly cloudy skies expected. It will be dry, but rain and storms return around midnight and last through Saturday.
The good news is Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all look mainly dry with just very isolated showers and thunderstorms possible each afternoon. No day during that 4-day stretch has a precipitation probability above 20% as it looks currently!