ROCKFORD (WREX) — A mid-March preview today as temperatures are fairly warm. Clear and sunny skies reigned supreme allowing more warming to take place. However, more cloud cover will take over this evening before shower chances arrive for the workweek.
WARM & SUNNY SUNDAY
Sunny skies will continue for another day cross the Stateline, but this time with a few more clouds. The westerly upper-level flow will drag in some moisture to produce these clouds, so partly cloudy skies are expected. However, no matter the level of cloud cover we will still be warm.
High pressure in the southeastern United States will southwesterly winds will be gusting near 15 MPH. This will allow warm, southerly air to continue to funnel into the region. There would no surprise if places south of I-88 reach into the lower 50's for highs. By the overnight hours, we are seeing cooler temperatures and cloud cover growing. This will lead to a very wet and near average workweek.
UNSETTLED PATTERN TO KICK-OFF WORK WEEK
As the cooler air moves in, so do rain and snow showers. Monday starts the week off with rain, then a switch over to snow is possible at times between Monday night and Tuesday. After rain and snow mixing early in the week, straight light snow showers are possible into Wednesday. Whatever snow ends up melting this weekend may build right back up again by the middle of next week. Above freezing temperatures could help keep the snow off of the roads early in the week.
By late next week, the weather dries up again and turns sunny. However, we will start to see temperatures in the middle 20's. The Climate Prediction Center expects this to continue through the start of March.