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Mild weather lingers this weekend before hints of winter next week

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The warmer weather felt Friday sticks around this weekend, providing comfortable weather for a couple days. We get a little variety next week as rain and possibly snow make an appearance.

Quiet weekend:

The weather doesn't change much this weekend compared to earlier this week. That does mean we keep the comfortable weather around.

Mild and quiet weather times out well with the weekend.

Saturday looks cloudy at times, but there should be a few peeks of sunshine occasionally. Temperatures are a little cooler because of the clouds, but we still warm into the upper 50's. The breeze remains light, so the wind chill won't be much of a factor.

The sky clears in time for Sunday. With the added sunshine, we jump back into the 60's for another day this week. A light breeze rounds out a comfortable day to end the weekend.

After two days of quiet weather, showers and a whole lot more may return early next week.

One last round of winter?:

We usually can't escape April without one last snowfall. Each of the last 2 Aprils have featured a little snow. We may get this year's version by Tuesday.

While we mostly see rain showers, some snow may fall or mix in by Tuesday morning.

A cold front pushes temperatures down early next week, but brings showers as well. Rain starts up by Monday evening, and carries on into Monday night. If the clouds and showers hold off long enough, we may get close to 60 degrees before the colder air hits.

By Monday night, the colder air filtering in may result in a rain/snow mix. We'll see the wintry mix of showers into Tuesday morning. If the showers are heavy enough and there's enough cold air, slushy snow accumulations are possible.

Some snow accumulation is possible, if conditions line up right early next week.

There are a few moving parts to this weather system that still need to fall into place, so snowfall isn't guaranteed just yet. There are model differences on where to place the snow showers (either south of us or right over us, which makes a big difference in if we get any accumulation). The necessary cold air needs to line up just right as well. Above all, stay tuned to the 13 Weather Authority throughout the weekend. We'll keep you informed on the possibility of snow, and if we get accumulation.

Any hint of winter disappears quickly late next week. We jump back to near 60 degrees late in the week with sunny weather.

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Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner is the Chief Meteorologist at 13 WREX. He joined the 13 Weather Authority in 2014. Alex earned Certified Broadcast Meteorologist recognition from the American Meteorological Society, and his work at WREX earned him a Best TV Weathercaster award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and 2 regional Emmy awards.

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