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ROCKFORD (WREX) — We've officially turned the page on meteorological winter, however the chill continues early in the week. Warmer weather is ahead following Monday's cooler weather.
Kicking the week off with a chill:
The start of a new work week is underway and with that comes some of the coldest temperatures of the next ten days.
If you were out and about early Monday, you might have noticed the chill. Temperatures fell nearly 20° in some spots below where the bottomed out Sunday morning. The cooler start to the day is a sign of what's to come for the afternoon as highs only top out in the low-to-mid-30s. For those not looking forward to cooler temperatures, it's short-lived.
Monday's chill could also lead to a flake or two, especially between 8 a.m. and noon. Accumulations are not expected, but enough snow could fall to make for locally slick spots. A disturbance sliding out of Minnesota Monday is slowly losing steam, however a flurry or two cannot be ruled out during the morning hours.
Dry & warm week ahead:
While Monday features cooler-than-average temperatures, it won't last too long. Temperatures quickly warm by Tuesday, with forecast highs into the low-to-mid-40s. By the middle of the work week, highs approach the 50° mark. The earliest 50° high ever recorded occurred on New Years' Day in 1897.
The warm-up comes with sunny skies, with the day featuring the most cloud cover coming in on Monday. Overall this pattern looks to remain locked into place through the next seven days, with sunny skies persisting into the upcoming weekend.
Looking through the middle of the month of March, a strong signal points toward above average temperatures sticking around.