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Rain, snow to bring slick travel to Stateline for week’s end

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Tranquil weather is soon to give way to additional snow by late in the work week.

Several rounds of snow could fly through late in the work week.

Through Wednesday: Dry conditions hold on for a bit longer, with midweek looking to shape up snow-free. An isolated shower or two cannot be ruled out into Southern and Central Wisconsin, but even that threat is minimal.

Thursday morning: In spite of cloud-filled skies, the morning hours feature dry conditions for most. The exception to this is likely to be areas of far northwest Illinois, with spotty precipitation breaking out by late in the morning.

Thursday afternoon: A narrow band of rain is likely to press east into the Rockford region by the noon hour. Temperatures in the mid-to-upper-30s result in a chilly rain initially. As precipitation rates pick up and cooler air funnels in, a fairly quick transition to a brief burst of heavier snow is likely.

The main window for heavier bursts of snow in the Rockford area comes in between 1 and 4 PM. Beyond that, the widespread steady snow should diminish.

Thursday night: As colder air pushes in and winds pick up, scattered snow showers are possible. These snow showers could fall with gusto, similar to a spring-time thunderstorm. Reduced visibility and rapidly deteriorating road conditions are possible in these squally snow showers. Drier conditions should take hold by 9 or 10 PM Thursday.

Friday morning: The predawn hours remain dry for most, but scattered snow showers redevelop by sunrise. Much like Thursday evening's snow squalls, rapidly reduced visibility and slick road conditions are possible in these hit-or-miss showers.

Friday afternoon: Intermittent snow showers remain likely the second half of Friday. Models suggest this round of snow is likely to be more in the form of a widespread and steady snow, as opposed to squally bands of snow.

Friday night: Snow showers continue to fly, but should begin to slowly taper off during the overnight hours from northwest to southeast.

Saturday morning: By sunrise Saturday, snowfall should have ended across the Stateline.

Commute times to be impacted:

VALID WED. AFTERNOON: Travel is likely to be slick in spots from Thursday until early Saturday. The worst road conditions
  • 3 PM - 6 PM Thursday: A quick burst of heavy snow during the afternoon hours, followed by squally snow showers for the evening.
  • 5 AM - 9 AM Friday: Scattered snow showers alongside near-freezing temperatures could make the morning commute tough.
  • 3 PM - 6 PM Friday: Widespread light snow is possible through much of Friday afternoon and evening.

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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