ROCKFORD (WREX) —Keep the shovel handy this weekend. A couple inches of snow are possible Sunday.
Leading up to tomorrow, the weather stays fairly quiet. Scattered flurries may pop up at times this afternoon, but barely a dusting falls. Saturday continues our near-average stretch of weather, with highs in the middle to low 30's.
Snow showers set in starting early Sunday morning. Most spots should see light snow by sunrise. A brief round of heavier snow slides in during the late morning, and that could last through the noon hour. Don't let the heavier showers catch you off guard. Because of the heavier snow, roads may get slushy quickly. Plan accordingly if head out to church or brunch late in the morning.
By the afternoon, snow showers go light again. A little rain or drizzle may try to mix in with the rain as the weather warms. This may help cut down on snow accumulations a little, but also keep the slushy conditions going.
We in the Stateline likely see 1" to 3" of snowfall. The totals look to be on the lighter end of the range south of I-88, with the higher end (2" to 3") close to the Wisconsin border.
Southern Wisconsin likely picks up 3" or more, and sections of western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota receive 4" to 8" of snow. Be well aware of where the heaviest snow tracks if you have to travel northward this weekend.
By next week, the weather settles back down again. Monday and Tuesday look dry. By Wednesday and Thursday, slight chances for snow pop up. Models differ on when they want to bring snow through. For now, light amounts may accumulate during the middle of the week. After midweek, the weather looks to get colder. We may drop into the 20's for highs by Valentine's Day, then stay there going into next weekend.