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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Cooler temperatures dominate the forecast for the middle of the week, but warmer days are right around the corner.
One more chilly day:
Wednesday's high temperatures couldn't quite make it to 50° in Rockford. Highs in the upper 40s for midweek were about 10° shy of average. Thursday brings a slow climb for the Stateline, as highs top out at least into the lower 50s. Average highs are near 60°, so one more seasonably cool day is ahead.
If one has to go out early Thursday morning, be aware that a slight wind chill is present. West to northwest winds of 5 to 10 miles per hour help to keep temperatures from falling too far into the lower 30s, but it adds a bit of wind chill. Most areas of the Stateline have seen wind chills into the upper 20s early Thursday, so a heavier coat and gloves might be needed at the bus stop.
Temperatures during the overnight hours Thursday and again Friday drop into the middle 30s. While this might seem cool, it's closer to where lows should be for mid-April.
Trending drier for the weekend:
Confidence is growing late this week that the upcoming weekend remains mostly dry. A low pressure area over the Rockies Thursday morning gradually moves into the Midwest by Saturday. As the system dives toward the Ohio River Valley, rain slides mainly to the south.
If outdoor plans are a part of one's weekend, generally dry conditions should hold out for the weekend. Of course, if that changes, the 13 Weather Authority will be sure to let you know.
Early week snow?:
Next week provides what could be an interesting round of weather. Monday is the day of transition, as a cold front slides through Northern Illinois. This could bring a few stray showers to kick off the work week, however it's what happens after the cold front passes.
Models continue to suggest a round of snow develops overnight Monday into Tuesday as cooler air funnels in behind the front. Moisture that lingers behind the front itself could mix with or transition completely to a wet snow. Details will continue to be fine-tuned over the weekend, so monitor the forecast for any potential changes.