ROCKFORD (WREX) — After a dusting of snowfall, temperatures fall during the second half of the week for the 3rd week in a row. We shouldn't see temperatures fall to the levels seen last week or the week before however.
First up, light snow showers slide in overnight and last into early Wednesday morning. We will mainly see flurries with this activity, so snow amounts stay very light. 1" or less is expected across the Stateline into early Wednesday. Despite the light amounts, watch for slick spots on the roads and sidewalks, just in case.
We avoid the brunt of the storm thanks to the storm's path going farther southeast of us. Up to 5" of snow is possible near and southeast of Chicago tonight and tomorrow morning. If you have to drive in that direction, be aware that you will be running into slippery roads. The breezy winds that kicked in Tuesday stick around for one more day, then calm down Wednesday night. We'll see wind gusts from the north around 30 mph, just like we did Tuesday.
After the snow wraps up early Wednesday, cold air floods in. This marks the 3rd week in a row where the second half of the week becomes chilly. Thankfully, this week's cold snap won't drop to last week's levels, and especially not to the levels of the week before. 2 weeks ago we saw temperatures barely warm out of the single digits. Last week we didn't get to 20 degrees for a day. This week, temperatures remain below 30 degrees but won't be much colder than that.
Temperatures cool to the upper 20's Thursday and Friday, under quiet conditions. The weather stays cloudy for a while Thursday, then clears to sunny by Friday. We won't be below average for long. Saturday is back in the low 30's, then Sunday hits 40 degrees. Temperatures keep climbing early next week, to the point where we may hit 50 degrees again by Tuesday. A chance for rain showers develops Monday into Tuesday as the weather keeps warming.