Clouds clear, cold left behind

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – The cold front that slid through last night is going to do a serious number on temperatures in the Stateline.

If you are just waking up this morning, mostly cloudy skies are prominent so far.  The cold front that moved through the region overnight last night into the early hours this morning has brought the cloud cover, but luckily little fanfare was associated with its passage.  As this cold front continues to push south, it is causing some snow showers to develop across Central Illinois.  If you have travel plans down I-39, be mindful that a few snow showers are possible.  They are continuing to push south and east, not impacting weather locally.

The back edge of the thickest cloud cover is moving through the northwestern part of the state right now and should clear the Stateline by the noon hour or so.  Mostly sunny skies are forecast this afternoon, but despite the sunshine, temperatures in most areas remain in the 20’s.  Behind the cold front, winds are also picking up out of the northwest.  As reminder, that northwesterly wind indicates that colder air is being dragged in from Canada.  Gusts of 20 MPH are certainly like this morning into the afternoon, creating wind chills only in the teens.  Brrr!

We have a sunny weekend ahead.  Which is good news if you have been missing the sun.  Personally, I was wondering if the sun was even still a thing.  Good news!  It is!  We will see plenty of it this weekend.  Yeah, it will be quite cold both Saturday and Sunday (with highs in the 20’s and 30’s respectively), but at least the sun will be out.  The dry weather sticks with us through much of the next week.  Trends still continuing to suggest a mid-December “thaw” by late next week.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard

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