ROCKFORD (WREX) – We’ll dodge heavy snow showers this weekend, but still pick up our first measurable snowfall in 2 weeks. Be ready for minor amounts of snow Saturday.
Snow should start up between 6 am and 10 am, moving in from the southwest. The storm will initially have to fight through some dry air to get going, but eventually, snow begins to fall. We’ll see the snow stay steady through the morning and early afternoon before tapering off and drying up in the evening. Much of the Stateline will see 1″ or less, with areas of Lee, southern DeKalb, and Whiteside counties getting 2-4″ of snow.
Lee, DeKalb, and Whiteside counties have been added to the Winter Weather Advisories. The Advisories will be in effect until 3 AM Sunday to highlight slippery road conditions and difficult travel weather.
Since there will be a sharp drop off in snow amounts, road conditions may change rapidly as you move north to south. Don’t let the snow catch you off guard; roads may change suddenly from dry to snowy, so drive with caution.
Areas along and south of I-80 will catch the brunt of the storm. In general, 3-6″ of snow will fall through central Illinois. Closer to St. Louis, up to 10″ of snowfall is possible. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted to highlight the more hazardous conditions in these areas.
Rockford hasn’t seen measurable snowfall since December 28th, and still sits at 0.8″ for snowfall on the season. We are now over 14″ below average on the season. Since the end of December, we’ve had either rain or freezing rain, or snow flurries that haven’t produced any snow accumulation.
Temperatures should reach the middle 30’s on Saturday, with breezy east winds gusting to 20 mph. The winds will drop wind chills into the middle 20’s throughout Saturday.
By Sunday, the weather will be dry and mostly sunny again, with highs in the middle 30’s. We’ll stay in the 30’s with more sunshine throughout early next week. Late in the week, there will be more clouds, and slight chances for snow.