Dry Thursday leads to snowy Friday

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – Say it ain’t snow!

In the interest of complete and total honesty…I have been waiting to say the line above pretty much since I moved to the region in August.  Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I’m set and ready to talk about the impending snow.  Let’s talk about today first.  Thursday remains dry with temperatures in the upper-30’s.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Justin, it’s too early to be talking about highs in the 30’s.”  You’d be correct.  Today’s forecast high of 39 is more typical for November 30th.

Aside from the below-average temperatures this afternoon, today will be a dry day.  I like to remain positive and always look at the glass half-full.  Yes, it’s cool today.  At least it will be dry!  If your plans take you outdoors today, a few peeks of sunshine are possible.  Don’t expect to see much in the way of sunshine, though.  As the day progresses, moisture in the upper levels will increase and that will lead to more clouds.  This is a sign that the atmosphere is priming itself for precipitation.

The timeline for snowfall really begins after midnight.  Models have been consistent in timing and now, less than 24 hours from the event, we have a much better idea of accumulations than what we did even on Wednesday.  What you look for in these snow events is consistency between models.  We now have that, so with confidence I can say that the Rockford area should see between 0.5″ and 1″ or so.  Heavier snow looks likely further south across Central and Eastern Illinois, where snowfall totals could be closer to 2.”  The window for snowfall is between midnight and about 6 to 7 AM.  The rest of Friday will feature intermittent snow flurries that likely will not add any to the 1″ or so of accumulation.

As with any wintry weather, you want to be sure to give yourself extra time tomorrow to get to work or school.  Ground temperatures are in the 40’s, so any snow that sticks will do so on grassy surfaces and most likely on elevated roadways.  Give yourself extra time and make sure to take it easy tomorrow morning as slick spots could certainly develop.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard

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