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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Tuesday's high of 81° will be the last warm day through mid-April. Rain and thunderstorms for the middle of the week usher in cooler, more seasonable temperatures.
Shower and thunderstorm chances build:
The name of the game through the end of the work week is to have rain gear handy. After a warm and sunny Tuesday, rain chances return to the Stateline's forecast for Wednesday.
Don't let Wednesday morning's sunshine deceive you. Rain chances increase by the afternoon. By the mid-afternoon hours, rain and even a few rumbles of thunder cannot be ruled out. Ingredients for severe weather aren't present over the Stateline, keeping the severe potential confined to areas well to the south and west.
The overnight hours Wednesday feature the greatest chance for widespread rain showers. Rain totals shouldn't be too heavy, with most areas picking up between a tenth to two-tenths of an inch. Locally higher rain totals are possible in heavier thundershowers.
The morning hours feature the higher chances of rainfall, with more hit-and-miss variety rain chances by the afternoon.
"Hit-and-miss" rain chances Thursday give way to more "miss-than-hit" rain chances Friday.
Through the upcoming weekend, minimal chances for rain hold on. The weekend won't be a washout, though. Rain chances look highest during the morning hours of Saturday and Sunday.
One more warm day:
The clouds and showers bring in cooler temperatures for the second half of the work week. Thursday and Friday feature highs in the low-to-mid-60s, which is much closer to average for early April.
Looking at the longer range pattern, below average temperatures are favored. This shows up in the 10-Day Forecast, with highs through much of the next work week in the 50s.