Much colder weather moves in as rain leaves

ROCKFORD (WREX) – We’ll make the dramatic switch from summer to late fall weather after temperatures plummet tonight. With the large drop in temperatures, however, comes an extended stretch of dry weather.

Thursday maintains the breezy and dry conditions that arrived Wednesday evening. Temperatures will struggle to warm, despite seeing a little sunshine. Highs only get back to the upper 40’s by the afternoon. Northwest wind gusts will continue to reach 30 mph. The upper 40’s will be 35 degrees colder than the weather on Tuesday!

We should see calmer weather yet chilly conditions Friday and into the weekend. Highs range from the upper 40’s to the low 50’s during this stretch. As night, frost is possible for several nights in a row as temperatures fall to the low 30’s. There are slight chances for light rain showers Friday night and Saturday night, but both of these potential rounds won’t provide much for rainfall.

We typically see temperatures in the middle 60’s for highs this time of year, but we’ll be between 10 and 20 degrees below average instead through the middle of next week. The kind of weather may linger for a while in our area; through the next 2 weeks, we likely will see colder and drier average than usual.

The extended dry conditions will be very helpful with the ongoing river flooding on the Rock and Pecatonica rivers. Moderate flooding (with borderline major flooding near Shirland) will last into early next week, before the river levels drop. River levels will likely stay right where they are through the weekend.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

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Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner is the 13 Weather Authority's chief meteorologist at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. 

Justin Ballard

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Justin Ballard is the meteorologist for 13 News Today and 13 News at Noon.

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