It's been a weekend of mild temperatures in northern Illinois that had many people outdoors enjoying the sunshine and temperatures around 50.

Might just make you think spring has arrived, but it's actually still 3 weeks away, according to the Spring 2023 countdown clock.

A reminder of what winter has left for us is about to show up again this week with a couple rounds of potential severe weather for the Rockford and Chicagoland region.

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Beginning early Monday morning (2/27), heavy rain and wind will move through Rockford with the possibility of severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service also warns that a "brief tornado may race through Illinois and Indiana but south of Interstate 80 between 7 am and 11 am."

Current forecast has 100 percent chance of rain for the Rockford area on Monday (2/27) with over an inch of rain possible in some areas of northeastern Illinois.

Wind gusts over 40 mph are possible through Monday night causing a Gale Warning on Lake Michigan from Winthrop Harbor to Calumet Harbor, where strong winds could cause boat-toppling waves to form through Monday night.

Mariners should alter plans to avoid these hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe conditions. -National Weather Service

Most of central and south eastern Illinois will be under a Wind Advisory from 3 am to 6 pm on Monday (2/27) where winds could surpass 50 mph causing some power outages, according to the N.W.S.

Meteorologists have their eye on another potential winter storm that could bring another round of substantial snow accumulation by Thursday night, but those forecasts are still developing.

Current forecast from the Weather Channel for the Rockford region says they are "watching a potential winter storm" on Thursday (3/2).

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