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Near 40° temperatures on the horizon to work on melting recent snows

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — After spending much of February in the deep freeze, warmer weather is ahead. The above average temperatures gets to work melting the deep snow pack across the Stateline.

Warmer days are ahead for this work week.

Warmer days ahead:

Rockford received 1.2" of snow Sunday evening, but that snow has tapered off. The big weather headline this week focuses on the warmer weather that's ahead.

Temperatures Monday morning almost felt "balmy" as lows bottomed out into the mid-20s. This is a sign of warmer times ahead, as highs to kick off the work week reach into the 30s. For only the fourth time this February, highs get above freezing Monday afternoon.

Even warmer temperatures come our way for Tuesday, as highs reach into the upper 30s and lower 40s. Average high temperatures for mid-to-late-February are in the mid-30s, so above average highs are ahead. It feels good to be able to say that after what feels like an eternity of saying the opposite.

Temperatures Monday approach the 40° mark, but likely fall just shy.

A southwesterly wind keeps things mild into midweek, but a weak cold frontal passage promises a brief cool down.

A brief chill:

The cold frontal passage that comes in for midweek does drop temperatures back into the lower 30s by Thursday. As northwesterly winds usher in slightly cooler temperatures, lows Thursday drop into the teens.

A slight cool down is quickly replaced by warmer weather by week's end. Highs Friday into the weekend climb back into the mid-and-upper-30s.

Several precipitation chances:

This week does remain generally dry, but there are a few minor precipitation chances in the week ahead.

The first potential for light showers come in Tuesday night into Wednesday as a passing cold front moves through.

A shower or two could develop overnight Tuesday into Wednesday along a cold front.

Friday night into Saturday morning brings the potential for snow, as a quick-moving system moves by.

Another clipper could bring a wintry mix to the Stateline Sunday night into Monday morning.

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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