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Snow ahead of chilly rain and cooler weather

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A developing low pressure is pulling in moisture and warmer temperatures to kick off a new work week. President's Day brings with it the chance for snow and a cold rain, but drier times are ahead.

Before you head out the door this morning, be sure to grab the rain gear. Monday is kicking off with snow, rain, and plenty of cloud cover. While snow accumulations are going to be minor, it could be enough to make roads slick.

Through Monday:

Snow showers are going to fall across the Stateline, especially north of I-88. Light snow has already been reported across eastern Iowa and as this spreads east, it could be just enough locally to lead to slick conditions. Temperatures early Monday are in the lower 30s, but the below freezing temperatures won't last long.

Monday features some early morning snow chances. The heaviest snow is forecast to fall across central Wisconsin.

The threat for wintry weather wraps up by around noon. Temperatures at this point should be far enough above freezing to result in a chilly and raw rain. Shower activity doesn't look to be too heavy, but pockets of moderate rain are possible through the afternoon. If you do have to muddle your way through a workday, a lull in shower activity looks likely for the evening commute.

Showers are going to bring between a quarter and a half an inch of rain to the Stateline.

An approaching cold front brings in one last push of rainfall for the evening and early overnight hours. Alongside rain chances, patchy areas of dense fog could also develop ahead of the cold front. As the cold front passes through the Stateline during the early morning hours of Tuesday, rain and fog should dissipate.

Through midweek:

Following Monday's precipitation chances, the rest of the week brings a return to high pressure weather. This means plenty of sunshine is to be expected, but the sunny skies won't help warm temperatures much. As early as Tuesday afternoon, highs fall close to 10° from Monday's high temperatures. Even colder weather is ahead for midweek and beyond.

Temperatures tumble into Tuesday, but even colder highs are expected for Wednesday.

Wednesday and Thursday bring highs struggling to get much above 20°. Much like last week's cold blast, the chill doesn't linger too long. By Friday, highs climb into the middle 30s and by the upcoming weekend, temperatures approach the lower to middle 40s.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard joined 13 WREX as the weekday morning meteorologist. He’s a proud graduate of UNC-Charlotte and happy to call Rockford home.

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