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Clouds, snow, and cold replace the sunny weather

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -- For the first time in nearly two weeks, the weather provided a sunny sky. Just as soon as it arrived, the sun disappears this week. In its place, clouds, showers, and colder weather fill in at different times.

Clouds first:

The weather quickly goes from sunny to colder and cloudy this week.

The sunny weather didn't last long. Clouds and some patchy fog fill in by Wednesday morning, so we are right back into the conditions we just got out of. The mostly cloudy weather lasts all day Wednesday, but we might get a few peeks of sunshine.

What won't go away is the milder weather. Temperatures remain above freezing Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon.

Showers next:

Rain showers eventually switch to snow between Thursday and Friday.

By Thursday, wet weather returns to the Stateline. We see two rounds of wet weather at the end of the week, but they may blur together just a little. First a rain/snow mix hits Thursday, then snow showers follow on Friday.

Look for the showers to arrive by Thursday afternoon. They start out as a rain/snow mix, with more emphasis on the rain end since temperatures are above freezing. Later Thursday, colder air moves in, switching the showers over to all snow. We may see a little slush or ice on the roads again, so caution is needed by Thursday night.

Snow accumulations look minor, but still could lead to slushy roads.

On Friday, several waves of light snow fall through the day. The broken snow showers may produce light snow accumulations, which may keep roads a little on the slushy end. We may get up to 2" of snow between Thursday and Friday.

Cold to follow:

Once the rain and snow storm departs, quiet yet chilly air settles in for the weekend. Temperatures fall to the middle 20's Saturday, and stay there through Monday.

The middle of next week warms up a little. We may not get into the upper 30's like this week, but we could warm to around freezing at the least.

A round of Artic air may hit the Stateline by next weekend.

Late next week, a second wave of cold air hits, and this one could be extra chilly. Arctic air may flood the Stateline next week, producing temperatures below 20 degrees. We are still over 10 days out from this so the Arctic air may change where it ends up, but it bears watching for next week.

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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