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Spring warmth starts moving in this weekend

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Temperatures went back and forth between cool and mild all week, but they only go one direction this weekend: upward. That trend keeps going next week, setting us up for a few warm spring days soon.

Mild weekend:

The weather stays steady on Saturday, so look for another day in a row in the low 40's with sunshine. The breeze remains light and from the northeast, so wind chill won't be much of a factor for another day. Temperatures overnight dip below freezing and into the 20's.

Temperatures return to the 50's by the end of the weekend.

Sunday starts the warming trend. Warmer south winds kick in, and get a little breezy by the afternoon. The change in wind direction helps boost temperatures into the 50's for the second time this week. Sunday remains sunny during the day, and above freezing at night.

The warmer air flow into the region keeps going, giving us a chance at seeing the 60's a few times next week.

Warm start to next week:

A jump of 15 degrees leads to the 60's by early next week.

Warmer air moving in on Monday provides a chance to get to 60 degrees for a high. We don't have to go back as far to see our last 60 degree day (December 23rd), but that's still a few months since seeing milder weather.

Monday may be the last day of a full sunny sky. The combination of sunshine and the 60's should make for a very comfortable day to be outside.

Tuesday also rises into the low 60's. The difference is the amount of cloud cover. Tuesday turns partly to mostly cloudy as a storm system approaches the region.

Wednesday may reach the 60's for one more day in a row. This is despite seeing a cloudy sky and rain showers in the forecast. Warm southerly winds are still in place Wednesday, helping give us the 60's for one more day.

Rainy and cool end:

Rain showers start up Wednesday, and could become heavy at times by Wednesday night.

Soggy weather slides in during the middle of next week, and could soak a few spots. The rain starts out light on Wednesday, but showers could last for much of the day.

While the Stateline may see over 1/2" of rainfall, even heavier rain may line up just to our south.

By Wednesday night, a cold front moves through, which has a two-fold effect. First, heavier rain showers may bubble up ahead of the front. A few rumbles of thunder may mix in as well. This front stall out somewhere in Illinois, which may lead to a couple inches of rainfall. If this occurs in the Stateline, flooding may be a concern. For now, the heavier rain looks to line up just to our southeast, so there's a chance we avoid the soaking rainfall.

The second effect of the cold front is colder weather for the end of the week, of course. Temperatures fall from the 60's to the 50's by Thursday. We may see conditions in the 40's return by next weekend. The weather dries out after Thursday morning, and may stay quiet into next weekend.

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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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