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Power outages and downed trees caused problems Wednesday night across northern Illinois as Winnebago, Boone, JoDaviess, and Stephenson Counties were hit by strong winds and heavy rain. 

The National Weather Service reports more than five inches of rain and winds of more than 50 miles per hour in Winnebago and parts of Boone County. The performance at Rock Valley College Starlight Theatre was cancelled due to the storm threats.

Snow On The Way For Northern Illinois

Mar 11, 2017

The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Snow, which is in effect until 1 P.M. today.  

They predicted snow developing late Sunday evening and continuing through much of Monday morning. Forecasters expect accumulations of 3-4 inches.

Visibility will be reduced during heavier snowfall. Plan on difficult driving conditions.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility.

Severe Weather, Warnings In Northern Illinois

Feb 28, 2017

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado warning is in effect for LaSalle County until 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect for Northeastern DeKalb County, Southwestern Lake County, Kane County, Northwestern DuPage County, Southern McHenry County, and Northwestern Cook County until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.  

The National Weather Service says debris can be life-threatening to people without shelter. It encourages people to take cover immediately.

More Severe Weather To Come For Northern Illinois

Jun 24, 2015
Andrew Epstein / WNIJ

A new weather system could bring as much as five inches of rain to northern Illinois through today. That’s according to NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste. 

Sebenste says the incoming weather won’t be as bad as Monday’s storms, but it could be bad enough to yield another small tornado along the I-88 corridor.

The ground is still pretty saturated from Monday’s storms. Sebenste recommends making sure your sump pump and accessories are fully functioning and to heed any weather-related warnings.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It was an afternoon of tornado and thunderstorm warnings across northern Illinois Wednesday. Several funnel clouds were reported, as well as quarter-sized hail, and winds up to 60 mph.