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Sunny and mild stretch sets up, with showers on the horizon

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -- Sunny and quiet weather rule this week, allowing snow and ice to continue to thaw and melt slowly. By next week, spring showers look to turn the Stateline from dry to soggy.

Quiet and mild:

Breezy winds blew in warmer weather Tuesday, boosting temperatures away from the wintry levels we felt Monday. Look for a much warmer night ahead with temperatures in the low 30's rather than the middle teens.

Sunny and mild weather lasts all this week, then rain may interrupt the quiet conditions next week.

Wednesday warms into the middle 40's, with the mainly sunny weather hanging around. The wind stays light and from the northwest. Thursday and Friday are practically the same, with the middle 40's and a bright sunny sky.

We get a little variety this weekend. Saturday looks a touch warmer and in the upper 40's. On Sunday, we jump back into the 50's for the first time since December. Both days provide sunny and quiet weather.

The weather remains cool at night during this quiet stretch. Look for lows in the middle to upper 20's each night through Sunday night.

Rainy pattern next week:

Looking long term, the weather warms up even more, but could turn quickly into typical rainy spring weather.

Temperatures by early next week may warm near or into the 60's. This places us a good 10 to 15 degrees above average, and a far cry from the Arctic conditions we had just a couple weeks ago!

Wetter than average weather looks likely into the middle of the month.

With the warm comes our first round of spring showers, and possibly the first chance at spring thunder. Scattered showers may arrive as early as Tuesday evening, with Wednesday picking up the bulk of the rain. While the chance for thunder remains slight, review your thunderstorm safety plan (head indoors as quickly as possible, and know where your severe weather shelter is).

Rain showers may be a frequent sight next week, and we may get our first t-storms of the season as well.

More chances for soggy weather pop up later in the week. Cooler weather may set in during this time frame, so a rain/snow mix could be possible at times. As with any spring snowfall, the snow doesn't stick around for very long and could melt upon arrival. Rainy weather may stick around well into the middle of the month.

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Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner is the Chief Meteorologist at 13 WREX. He joined the 13 Weather Authority in 2014. 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 2 regional Emmy awards.

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