ROCKFORD (WREX) — While not as icy as this morning, freezing temperatures this evening could lead to more ice spots.
Pockets of dense fog linger this evening, creating hard-to-see conditions in spots. The fog clears from west to east by 8 pm. Up until that point, drive with some caution.
In addition to the fog, lingering wet spots from the morning and afternoon drizzle may freeze as temperatures drop below freezing. Like this morning, watch out for slick spots early tonight.
The weather system responsible for this morning's freezing drizzle brings bitterly cold temperatures behind it. Overnight lows by Thursday morning drop to as low as the single digits. Winds pick up to breezy levels, adding insult to injury. Thursday morning's wind chills fall to well below-zero.
Sunshine will be plentiful Thursday, however it may need to be enjoyed from the heated indoors. Highs Thursday afternoon struggle to get out of the teens and wind chills hover in the lower single digits to below-zero.
Winds become more southerly going into Friday, bringing in more cloud cover and helping temperatures rebound. We warm to right around freezing by Friday afternoon. This helps to set the stage for a mix of snow and rain, when a potentially substantial winter storm moves in over the weekend.
Winter Storm Watches were issued by the National Weather Service across the Midwest, including Stephenson County in northern Illinois. Several inches of snow look likely in the areas under the Watches.
Both American and European models indicate snow develops during the afternoon, potentially becoming heavy at times. The snow is expected to fall for a while before transitioning to a wintry mix overnight. Rain may sneak in Saturday morning as the weather warms up briefly. Continue to pay attention to this forecast, as totals and timing become more clear.