ROCKFORD (WREX) — With temperatures staying near or above freezing lately, we are set up to see more freezing rain than snow. That is the case again Wednesday morning.
Freezing drizzle works in early Wednesday morning, and may drop just enough rain to create a light glaze of ice. Watch your step as you head out the door in the morning, and drive with a little caution.
The National Weather Service put out Winter Weather Advisories for all of the Stateline from 4 am to noon Wednesday. This highlights where and when the icy roads are likely.
Ice accumulation should stay under 1/10", but that could be just enough to create some slick spots. Bridges and overpasses usually ice up first, as they cool off and freeze a lot quicker than the surrounding roads. The bridges are more exposed to the freezing air, allowing them to cool off quickly. Be extra careful driving on those in the morning.
The drizzly conditions dry up by noon, and by that point temperatures warm above freezing. This should melt any lingering ice and help clear up the roads.
Thursday gives us a break from the drizzly mornings. However, temperatures take a plunge Thursday, so conditions will feel icy! Despite seeing a sunny sky, temperatures will struggle to get back to 20 degrees for a high. Prepare to spend the day in the teens, with wind chills in the single digits.
Friday and Saturday get back above freezing, but keep a close eye on the forecast. Accumulating snow and freezing rain showers are possible Friday, then rain may sneak in Saturday morning. We are watching this storm system closely to see where it tracks.
For now, long range models are in pretty good agreement. In the latest model runs, snow showers kick on Friday afternoon, and continue into Friday evening. By Friday night, the air starts warming up, but that sets the stage for freezing rain and sleet. Eventually, the air warms enough to provide rain showers or at least a rain/snow mix Saturday morning. One trend we are monitoring is the weather warming quickly enough to avoid freezing rain and skip right to the rain or rain/snow mix.
The forecast will be adjusted throughout the week as new data comes in. For now, be ready for several inches of snow Friday, then possibly ice and/or rain by Saturday. The 13 Weather Authority will keep you up to speed as the forecast becomes clearer.