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Feeling more like mid-April Friday ahead of an early week drop

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — After multiple straight days of below average temperatures, the end of the work week brings a return to more typical highs.

Back to average Friday:

The last week has featured quite an array of temperatures, but Friday finally brings a return to average. After a few frosty spots drop into the mid-30s, temperatures climb to near 60° by the afternoon hours.

Temperatures through early next week stay near average.

As the work week comes to a close, a mix of sun and clouds stick around. Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies are likely through Friday and into the weekend. While wall-to-wall sunshine is missing from the short-term forecast, temperatures remain near average through the upcoming weekend.

Rain dives south:

An area of low pressure early Friday is bringing snow and rain to the Great Plains. That same system inches closer to Illinois by Saturday, bringing with it rain chances for the weekend. Model guidance keeps Northern Illinois dry, but the chance for rain increases south of I-80.

The upcoming weekend features dry conditions.

With rain chances just to our south Saturday, mostly cloudy skies are looking likely. As rain chances move out through Sunday, some gradual clearing is likely. Enjoy Sunday's dry and seasonably cool day, as rain and even snow are soon to return.

Early week wintry mix?:

A cold front Monday should start working through Northern Illinois, bringing with it rain chances. Monday morning looks generally dry, with rain becoming more likely later in the day.

A wintry mix is possible next week.

As colder air mixes in late Monday into early Tuesday, a few wet snowflakes could be possible. Does this look like a major mid-April snowstorm? As of early Friday, no! Continue to monitor the forecast over the weekend as details are almost certainly going to change.

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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