ROCKFORD (WREX) – The National Weather has issued Winter Weather Warnings and Advisories for numerous counties in our area that will last until 6 PM on Monday, January 28th. These warnings and advisories are highlighting the heavy amounts of snow that we are expected to see overnight into Monday afternoon. The biggest warning is travel will be very difficult and times and near impossible in certain spots, so only travel when necessary.
Tonight the major snowstorm will arrive starting with light to moderate snowfall, but quickly pick up after midnight. This accumulating and heavy snowfall will produce several inches of snow (up to 9″ for some) that will last until around 9 AM on Monday. This means that the Monday morning commute will be the biggest threat due to this weather especially during times of heavy snow totals. After that, we will keep the chance of freezing drizzle in the forecast into the afternoon. Temperatures on Monday, at least, warm up into the upper 20’s and lower 30’s.
The follow up after the storm does not get any better. We will head into a period of bitter cold and harsh wind chills following Sunday’s snowstorm. The Arctic air fully takes hold Tuesday through Thursday. Rockford’s all-time coldest temperature on record is -27. We’ll be close to that Tuesday night. With breezy winds in play, we could see wind chills near -50 Tuesday night.
This means frostbite in 10 minutes, and hypothermia setting in quickly. If you have to be out in the cold, protect yourself! Layer up and cover up as much as possible, and limit your exposure. Keep pets indoors or in a warm place and only let them out as necessary.
Wednesday may tie or get close to the coldest high temperature on record for Rockford. That record is -14, and the high temperature will be right there or nearby in the teens below zero. Wind chills will stay between -40 and -50 for much of Wednesday. Less harsh cold is expected for Thursday and Friday.
After the deep freeze, we might actually have the chance to dethaw slightly on Saturday and Sunday with temperatures starting to reach into the 30’s.