ROCKFORD (WREX) – If you’ve been waiting patiently for more snow, the wait may be over soon. Saturday could provide our first measurable snow in over 2 weeks, and also be our highest total so far this winter.
Leading up to Saturday, the weather will stay dry, yet become cloudy. Warmer winds boost our temperatures back to the low 30’s for Friday, despite a cloudy sky.
Snow showers should start up early Saturday morning, and continue into the early afternoon before tapering off. There may be a very sharp cutoff with this storm; spots right along the Wisconsin/Illinois state line may see nothing for snowfall, while spots just to the south like Rockford may pick up 1″. Snow amounts go up as you move south, so 2″ or so for snow is possible into Lee County. The snow showers will slow you down a little, so plan ahead for impacted roads, especially driving north to south on Saturday. While the amounts sound light, it only take a little snow to cause slippery roads.
Heavier snow looks to line up over central Illinois, southern Iowa, and northern Missouri. These spots may pick up 3-5″ of snow, so if you have to travel to those areas this weekend, be aware. The heavier snow will make driving difficult to hazardous.
Only 0.8″ of snow has fallen so far for Rockford this winter. As little as 1″ sounds, that amount would double the winter total. Even with a couple of inches of snow, we would still be around one foot below average on the winter.
By Sunday, the region should be dry, with partly cloudy weather. Temperatures will stay in the low 30’s. Next week, the weather remains partly cloudy, with slightly milder temperatures in the upper 30’s. This is closing in on being 10 degrees above average, as usually we are in the upper 20’s for highs for this time of year.