ROCKFORD (WREX) – Be very careful driving overnight, as patchy dense fog will make it very hard to see in spots while driving. Eventually, foggy conditions give way to rain showers Saturday morning.
While the fog won’t be widespread, the pockets of fog will be dense. Visibility may drop down to nothing at times, so be very careful driving through early Saturday. The visibility will vary greatly at times, so don’t let the fog catch you off guard. Temperatures will be below freezing at times, which could lead to icy patches. Take it slow if you see fog in the distance or start to drive through it.
Temperatures will dip to the low 30’s early, then slowly rise overnight as warmer winds kick in. Those warmer easterly winds may gust to 20 mph by the morning.
The fog gives way to rain by 9 am. The rain may be a little on the heavier end during the morning. By the afternoon, the rain showers will be more gentle, yet steady through the rest of the day and Saturday night. East winds become more and more blustery as the day goes along. We’ll see wind gusts up to 35 mph, adding a little chill to the air.
Rainfall totals will be between 1/2″ to 3/4″, with a few isolated spots getting up to 1″. Flash flooding will not be a risk thanks to the rain being spread out through the day. There may be a lot of puddles and standing water in the roads and low-lying areas thanks to the rain showers and melting snow. Drive with a little caution through the wet streets tomorrow.
Our area rivers will be rising quickly by next week thanks to the high amounts of rain and water from melting snow. Minor flooding is a possibility next week.
By Sunday, light rain showers will linger in the morning, then there’s a chance for a rain/snow mix in the evening as the storm system departs. Temperatures will fall back to the 30’s on Sunday, but will stay above freezing for much of the day, which will help keep snow away for a long while.
For next week, the weather looks mainly dry and cold. Highs drop back to the 20’s under partly cloudy to mostly sunny weather. Late in the week, we may go even colder and drop to the low 20’s for highs.