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Weekend rain gives way to sunny skies ahead of cool week to come

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — It was a perfect weekend for Netflix or a good book as a steady rain soaked the Stateline. The sunshine returns to kick off a new work week, but cooler weather is ahead.

Drying out in the days to come:

The next seven days offer a break from the steady rain that fell over the weekend. Rockford officially picked up just shy of an inch of rain between Saturday and Sunday, bringing the month-to-date's rainfall above average.

We're saying goodbye to the cloud cover early Monday morning, as a slow-moving low pressure moves east. This sets the region up for a sunnier outlook Monday, but it does promise to be a breezy day. Gusts Monday afternoon approach 30 miles per hour as the gradient between low pressure and high pressure intensifies.

Highs take a tumble through the middle of the week.

Tuesday and Wednesday feature a bit more in the way of cloud cover thanks to cooler air moving in. This allows for those pesky stratocumulus clouds to develop during the afternoon. There is an isolated chance for a stray shower Tuesday afternoon, but most remain dry.

The rest of the work week continues the trend of partly cloudy skies. While this week does not feature wall-to-wall sunshine, it does look to be a good one for getting outdoors if you can handle the cooler weather.

Turning cooler-than-average:

Monday is one of the warmer days this week, with highs in the Rockford area topping out into the lower 60s. Outside of Rockford, highs to kick off the work week likely remain in the upper 50s.

Get used to the 50s, because it looks like they'll stick around through this week. Temperatures will be about 5° to 10° below average through the work week, with highs near 60° making a comeback for the weekend.

Cooler-than-average temperatures stick around through much of April.

Overnight lows are going to be potentially frosty, which is why gardeners need to use Mother's Day as a benchmark for frost potential. Lows through the work week drop into the 30s, so patchy frost remain a possibility especially outside of Rockford. The "growing season" hasn't technically started in the Stateline, so frost advisories won't be issued.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard joined 13 WREX as the weekday morning meteorologist. He’s a proud graduate of UNC-Charlotte and happy to call Rockford home.

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