National Weather Service Releases Information On Today Snow Forecast

Update from the National Weather Service at 5:51 am this morning:

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
551 AM CST Sun Dec 4 2016

324 AM CST

Through tonight...

Main forecast concerns/challenges are with the expected
accumulating snow over much of northern Illinois and northwest
Indiana this morning into the late afternoon. Main forecast
changes this morning were to increase snowfall amounts and expand
the advisory southeast to now include Livingston/Kankakee counties
in Illinois and Lake/Porter counties in northwest Indiana.

Everything still appears to be on track for the first
accumulating snowfall today. Upper level trough noted on satellite
imagery, with several embedded impulses quickly lifting northeast
into the mid Mississippi Valley. Ahead of this feature, isentropic
ascent is also helping to saturate the column. Although returns
noted on radar, this saturation has not occurred quite yet, with
snow not occurring at this time. Adjusted pops in the near term to
reflect latest trends with upper level support providing the onset
of snow across the far western CWA right around 12Z. This would
include all areas in the west, along the I-39 corridor. Remaining
areas to the east in northern Illinois still on track for right
around a 15z time frame, and then soon there after for areas in
northwest Indiana. Given this noted time line, have adjusted
timing of the advisory, mainly to delay the eastern half until

As this upper level trough swings through the area later this
morning into the afternoon, expect a transition from light snow to
more moderate intensity snow as large scale ascent really ramps up
ahead of this feature. Most guidance in agreement with the
increase in forcing due to many features coming together, which
include a stout negatively tilted trough and more potential for
instability aloft. Would anticipate many locations across much of
northern Illinois and northwest Indiana to see this ramp up in
snow intensity by midday, and even more so by early to mid
afternoon. This not only includes areas along the I-39 corridor
which was previously noted, but now also includes many areas in
the northern two thirds of the CWA likely centered from just north
of I-88 south to along/south of I-80. In these locations, strong
forcing and more efficient snow production will likely allow for
an increase in snow amounts even into the afternoon when the more
intense snow will be able to offset melting. In the height of the
more intense snow, 18-23Z, am a little concerned that the snow
will come down hard enough to accumulate more on the roadways with
at least slushy conditions possible. All of this and the increase
in snow amounts, feel the advisory is still warranted and worthy
of expansion. Now have snow amounts of 3-5 inches along the I-39
corridor, 2-4 inches elsewhere in the advisory in northern
Illinois and northwest Indiana, and then 1-3 inches across the far
southeast CWA. In this location, rain may briefly mix with snow
but do think forcing will be strong enough even in this location
to help the column/boundary layer to cool to support all snow in
the afternoon. Snow will quickly taper off right around the 00z
time and although some light snow may still be ongoing across the
eastern CWA in the 00-03z period, it will likely be light enough
to not warrant extension of the advisory.



347 AM CST

Monday through Saturday...

Monday appearing dry/quiet on the backside of this system with
rising heights and building high pressure. Continued WAA will
usher in a warmer airmass but wonder what impact this will have on
high temps with cloud cover possibly lingering and with a snow
pack likely in place. Still keeping an eye on two possible systems
to affect the area during the week. Confidence is still on the
lower side with the first system arriving Monday night into
Tuesday. Timing and placement adding to the low confidence as well
as extent of the airmass which would be in place. Have continued
to limit pops as well as continued to mention both snow and rain.
Much colder airmass still expected later in the week, however,
confidence also remains low with snow potential Wednesday night
into Thursday. Still remains a possibility for snow but with
varying guidance, no change in confidence. Much colder air and
lake effect snow potential will then be concerns through the
remainder of the work week, as well as snow potential returning
CWA wide by the weekend.

Winter weather advisory has been issued for our area



It is official. Our first winter advisory of the season has now officially been issued.  Please use caution when driving! 


Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7 am to 6 PM CST

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow which is in effect from 7 am to 6 PM
CST Sunday.

* Timing... light to moderate snow will begin Sunday morning and
  continue through Sunday afternoon.

* Snow accumulations... 2 to 4 inches with the heaviest amounts
  generally northwest of a Chicago to Peru line.

* Main impact... slippery conditions are expected on untreated
  surfaces... creating hazardous travel.

* Other impacts... visibility may fall to around one half mile at
  times... causing an additional travel hazard.

* Note... impacts may be mitigated by mild Road temperatures on
  heavily traveled roads... such as in the city of Chicago and
  immediate suburbs.

Precautionary/preparedness actions... 

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






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Police Searching For A 15-year-old, For 1st Degree Murder Charges In Rockford



On Friday November 11, 2016 shortly before 7:00 p.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the area of North Rockton Avenue and Bruce Street in reference to a shooting incident. When they arrived officers located two victims: a 14 year old male, later identified as Jamario Crawford, who was deceased; and a 17 year old male, later identified as Lontrell Brantley, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Brantley was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Rockford Police Department conducted a follow-up investigation into the incident and the results were reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, First Degree Murder charges were authorized and a warrant was issued for the 15 year old suspect, Coley Carwell.

WANTED: Coley Carwell 15 years old Rockford, IL
CHARGES: First Degree Murder
BOND: $3 million

Carwell’s photo is not available at this time due to his age. Carwell has yet to be arrested on the warrant and his current whereabouts are unknown.
No further information is available at this time. Additional details will be released when they become available.

The charges against Carwell are merely accusations and not evidence of his guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases Carwell is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court


The victim  14-year-old Jamario Crawford

The victim 14-year-old Jamario Crawford



Police Terminate Chase, Suspect Flees

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Around 11:30 pm tonight an officer was chasing a Black SUV with a plate of Z317812. Police are chasing the vehicle near Cunningham doing approx. 90 MPH headed southbound. They have terminated the chase near the Lowes Distribution center. Last seen on Springfield.



Burglary In Progress, police Setting Up A Perimeter



Around 8:05 pm today the Winnebago County police were assisting Rockford Police on an in progress call on Lawndale. A male wearing a dark hoody broke into a residence. The man was using a cell phone for a light. He stole a TV and took off on foot. police are setting up a perimeter. Still developing
Update: Silver vehicle involved. Male wearing a dark hoody.



NWS Releases Information On The Latest Snowfall



Question: Has Rockford never received any snowfall during a winter in the past? What was the latest snowfall on record for Rockford?

From the NWS: Neither Chicago nor Rockford have seen measurable snowfall yet this cool season. Historically speaking, Chicago had seen measurable snowfall by this date 82% of the time and Rockford 75% of the time. There is slight chance this streak could be broken this week, but if not this year will go down as one of the latest first measurable snowfall years in both Chicago and Rockford!

Mark Henderson: There’s never been a winter without snow. Latest first measurable snow here was winter of 1939-40. First measurable snow that winter happened on January 7

Adam Tubbesing: The winter of 1906-1907 had a total amount of 2.8″. But rockford has never had a complete snow free winter since records were kept.



Suspect Flees in Stolen Vehicle, Captured. Gun And Stolen Vehicle Recovered




Around 1 am officers attempted to stop a vehicle. The vehicle fled from the officer. The officer chased the vehicle. The vehicle did not have a plate on it. The suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, but officers caught the suspect. This happened near Barton. The vehicle was stolen and they also recovered a gun. The vehicle was registered to an address on Seminary 

Vehicle Fled From police And Crashes, Suspect Has Very Serious Injuries


Scanner Audio Of the Call

DR Kevin Gander Fatal Accident Caught On VideoVideo
Credit: RS FAN

Watch it on Rockford Scanner Youtube channel

Update: The victim is 51-year-old Kevin Gander from Winnebago.

From our friends at Gander was also a well-known physician in the Rockford area.   He worked for OSF Medical Group at the office on Spring Creek.  OSF released a statement saying: “Our OSF colleague and physician, Dr. Kevin Gander was well-liked by his patients.  He will be missed by his OSF family and we offer Kevin’s family our deepest sympathy and prayers.”



Update: At 12:12 am they said “The coroner is advised”
Sounds like there might be more than one victim involved in the accident. One confirmed victim, unconfirmed for more.

Around 10:36 pm tonight an officer was attempting to catch up to a vehicle near Auburn st. The vehicle is a Black Chrysler 200. The officer stopped chasing the vehicle. A short time later it crashed through a fence. Sounds like the injuries are life threatening, the officer said he was calling the dispatcher with the extent of the injuries. Possible fatal, but not confirmed. They are requesting the crime scene unit.  It crashed near Weldon. Still developing.

Updates: Weldon rd and Winnebago rd, they are diverting traffic. They are trying to contact an Illinois State police Sargent, unknown why at this time.


Credit: WREX

Credit: WREX

Mysterious Loud Noise in The Rockford & Surrounding Areas

UPDATE: There is NO confirmation yet on the actual source. 

It is believed to be sonic booms. Probably from the military.

This same noise and vibration was felt literally all the way across the nation. Reports are coming in on the internet that people in San Jose all the way across to the east coast in the Carolinas, experienced the same thing. Still no official cause on the source.

“At this point, we’re pretty confident it’s not an earthquake,” said Carl Barnes, a meteorologist with the weather service. “Unfortunately, we really can’t say with any confidence what it was. … If it is military testing, which is certainly a possibility, they don’t let us know.”

Below are some possible theories on what may have caused it. But there has been no official confirmation on the source yet 


Update: Unknown if it is related, but there was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake around the same time frame, that happened 26 miles SE of Smith Center, Kansas

2016-11-16 17:58:48 UTC39.641°N   98.536°W5.0 km depth

From the USGS the earthquake registered 2.0 at 400 miles away.
Rockford area is approx. 500 miles away.This might have been what everyone felt/heard.
People are reporting they heard and felt it 3 times locally. So we can not confirm this is the source yet, but it is a possibility since people have felt this earthquake over 400 miles away. 

This morning several Rockford Scanner fans have asked us “What was that BOOM noise and had our house shaking”   Many have asked us this from Belvidere, Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves park, Roscoe, Beloit, etc…  It happened approx. 11 am. Several people are reporting they heard the boom up to 3 times. At the time of writing this, no earthquakes have been registered in our area.

It might have been a fast moving aircraft? But people said they felt it in the ground.

To early for it to freeze, but cant be ruled out.

Also the possibility of a meteorite coming through the atmosphere can’t be ruled out either.

There is a KC-135 doing touch and goes at the airport. But that is a slow moving refuel aircraft, that wouldn’t cause the “Boom”

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Winnebago County Sheriff Also Doing Saturation Patrols, For “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over”




Note: Rockford Police and Illinois State police, Boone/Belvidere police are all doing this campaign also.  Articles posted on our website (A quick search will pull the articles up) on these departments.