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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Stepping outside early Wednesday is a reminder that frosty temperatures are still possible despite it being mid-April.
A string of frosty mornings:
Temperatures early Wednesday managed to tumble into the low-to-mid-30s in most areas of the Stateline. The combination of clear skies and light winds result in frost formation early Wednesday morning. Another frosty start is likely Thursday morning before overnight lows begin their gradual climb through the weekend.
Since the growing season has not officially started, frost advisories aren't being issued for this mid-April blast of cooler weather. This is why we advise people with gardening interests to hold off planting sensitive vegetation until after Mother's Day. The next week features cooler-than-average temperatures, meaning 30s are likely not done with the Stateline just yet.
Slowly warming into the weekend:
Average high temperatures for mid-April are in the lower 60s, so we'll be below that through the work week. The coolest temperatures will be Wednesday, with highs by Thursday climbing back into the lower 50s.
Friday brings highs closer to 60°, but the weekend ahead looks a smidge cooler. Highs Saturday and Sunday top out only into the upper 50s, but compared to Wednesday's 40s, it's an improvement.
Next week features a bit of a spread in temperatures, as highs range from the lower 60s to lower 50s. Lows early next week continue the frosty trend, but a slow warm-up is likely by late next week.
Rain chances through the work week remain low, with only a sprinkle or two possible Wednesday. Increased rain chances settle into the region by the upcoming weekend, however a washout doesn't look likely.
If you're planning your outdoor time already for the weekend ahead, just be sure to pay attention to the forecast in the days to come.