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Temperatures leap back to average this weekend

ROCKFORD (WREX) — After a 2 day detour into the deep freeze, temperatures soar this weekend. While the weather may feel brisk at times, conditions are a lot closer to average than they were Thursday and Friday.

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A warm front sweeps through by Saturday evening, driving temperatures at least 20° warmer.

Warmer air sweeps in from the west through today. Highs rise to the low to middle 30's by this afternoon. Southwest winds become breezy, however, so it may feel like the teens to 20's with the wind chill, despite the warmer air. Average temperatures for this time of year are around 34° for a high, so we'll be a degree or two away from this level.

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Flurries fall Saturday, but Futuretrack keeps accumulations under 1".

A few flurries float over the Stateline as the warm air sweeps in. The light snow activity starts up during the late morning and persists into the afternoon. We should see dry skies again by this evening. Less than 1" of snowfall is expected. This may still result in slick spots.

Sunday keeps the warming trend going as we warm into the middle 30's. The end of the weekend stays dry and partly cloudy. We jump into the low 40's by Monday, but that comes with some wet weather. Snow showers kick in during the morning, but transition to rain showers by the afternoon. The snow on the ground may not completely melt away, but we'll see a lot less around the Stateline after Monday.

The warming trend only lasts into Monday. Another plunge in temperature is ahead, but this time its only into the 20's. We'll stay in the middle to low 20's Tuesday through Thursday, with a lot of sunshine. Milder weather and another chance at rain showers looks to be in our long range forecast by next weekend.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner is the Chief Meteorologist at 13 WREX. He joined the 13 Weather Authority in 2014 and brings over a decade of forecasting experience to the weather department. Alex earned Certified Broadcast Meteorologist recognition from the American Meteorological Society, and his work at WREX earned him a Best TV Weathercaster award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and a regional Emmy.

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