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Pesky light rain settles in after a quick round of storms

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — We'll have a little trouble getting rid of the rainy weather over the rest of the week, but at least the weather won't be a washout. Cooler weather goes hand-in-hand with the spotty showers.

Overnight storms:

Another line of showers and thunderstorms heads our way before midnight. As we saw earlier in the day, the next line of activity may lose some steam as it moves on in. We may hear a few rumbles of thunder and get a short downpour or two mixed in with the showers. By midnight, the weather quickly dries up.

Scattered showers and storms sweep in before midnight, then quickly fizzle out.

There remains a slight risk for stronger storms that could bring hail and strong winds. That said, since the weakening trend is in play, there may only be one or two storms that show signs of getting stronger. Most of the early night rain should be well below severe limits.

A short break from the rain sets up after midnight, then scattered light rain showers develop closer to sunrise. After sunrise, look for that spotty rain to move out of the Stateline.

Pesky showers remain in play through Saturday.

We continue to see this pattern throughout Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: a brief light shower, then a long break. The weather finally dries up Saturday night, and Sunday provides dry weather from start to finish.

Cooling off:

The rainy pattern brings cooler weather along with it. After a stretch of days in the 70's (or warmer!), we drop back to more usual spring levels.

Temperatures fall into the middle 60's under the clouds and showers Thursday. While this is still above average for this time of year, the weather definitely feels cool compared to the warmth we've had lately.

Temperatures cool a little further Friday and Saturday. We hover just below 60 degrees. After 2 days in the 50's, Sunday returns to the 60's, but briefly. We'll see the 50's again several more times next week.

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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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