ROCKFORD (WREX) — A potent cold front promises a late week cooldown, but one more warm day is ahead for midweek.
Fall-like temperatures return:
A stout cold front is located over the Upper Midwest early Wednesday morning. Behind that cold front, frost advisories and freeze warnings take effect Wednesday night over far northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. This is a testament to how chilly temperatures get behind the frontal passage.
Before temperatures turn more fall-like, highs for midweek should manage to climb into the upper 70s and lower 80s. Another day of sunshine is ahead, but a few more clouds move in by the afternoon. Models continue to suggest an isolated shower during the mid-to-late afternoon as our cold front sags south. If this comes to fruition, any rain that does fall is expected to remain light and widely scattered.
Turning breezy behind the front:
As the front continues to push south overnight Wednesday into early Thursday, winds could pick up. Northwesterly winds Wednesday evening could top out at 25 miles per hour through early Thursday, adding a hint of a chill as lows drop into the lower 50s.
The blustery conditions should subside by sunrise Thursday morning, as winds turn more northeasterly Thursday. This direction of wind keeps the cooler temperatures around for the "gateway to the weekend."
Dropping temperatures through late-week:
Highs Thursday through Saturday only top out in the 60s, which is about 10° or so below average. We'll see plenty of sunshine through the end of the work week and into the weekend.
Temperatures slowly climb through the weekend and into early next week, with highs in the mid-70s through midweek.