ROCKFORD (WREX) — The chance for showers is decreasing along with areas of fog and mist dissipating. Now, northwesterly winds are pushing colder and drier air in after an earlier cold front passage. This means cloud cover will begin to drop and we make it to partially cloudy skies. Giving the chance for plenty of sunshine to kickoff the day. However, much colder temperatures will be here for Sunday.
Moreover, Sunday morning lows will be in the lower teens and missing cloud cover could result in lower temperatures. Blustery winds (up to 25 MPH) will drop all temperatures to feel like the single digits. While highs for the afternoon may reach into the middle 20's. Thankfully, winds should start to rest into the afternoon on Sunday. Cloud cover will return by the evening as new low pressure system moves into the region.
So far the system is trending more southward for heavier snowfall at this time, but uncertainty is still here. Currently, we are seeing the system having a separation of precipitation. The first one will start around Sunday evening with a developing warm front. Light snow is possible, but won't last long potentially giving us a break for part of Monday morning. The main system moves in late Monday morning, branches of the system will reach into northern Illinois leading to chances for brief moderate snowfall. Models are trending toward light accumulation with this system, but that could still lead to hazardous travel. The main message about Monday: be ready for light to moderate snow showers and slick roadways.
Temperatures look to stay chilly in the long range forecast. After Monday's chance for snowy weather, conditions turn sunny and colder. Highs drop to the 20's during the middle of next week. The end of the week may rapidly switch from that, however. We may be above freezing again by next Friday, with a chance for rain showers.