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ROCKFORD (WREX) -- The weather turns a little soggy again by the end of the week, but this time snow doesn't look to be in the picture (for the most part). This may be the only chance for wet weather in the near future, as quiet and mild weather hold on for a while.
Most of Friday stays dry, so we won't have to dodge around raindrops until the evening hours. Leading up to the wet weather, look for a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky during the day. Temperatures return to the low 40's, and keep our 40 degree day streak going for another day in a row. Winds get a little breezy and gust to 20 mph from the south.
After 6 pm, look for rain to move in from west to east. The weather should stay in the upper 30's to low 40's during the evening, so there won't be a risk for freezing rain. The rain keeps falling until a couple of hours after midnight. We stay just enough above freezing that icy conditions shouldn't be an issue. That said, a few wet snowflakes may mix in from time to time, especially along and north of US 20 and I-90. Little accumulation is expected with any snow that mixes in.
Look for dry and clear weather to take back over by sunrise Saturday. The rest of the weekend looks dry, through there is a slight chance for a quick shower or two on Sunday.
Mild long term:
The weekend warms into the middle 40's both days, providing some of the warmest weather of this short mild stretch. Saturday night remains near or above freezing, but Sunday night drops a lot.
Colder air briefly sweeps in going into Monday. Sunday night falls into the upper teens, then Monday is "only" in the middle 30's. We don't cool off much, but the start of the new week is noticeably cooler than the other days.
The 40's come back right away on Tuesday, and we should remain in the 40's or so throughout next week. Look for a bright sunny sky each day as the milder weather rolls on into mid-March.