ROCKFORD (WREX) – A second round of freezing rain and sleet will make roads slick in spots again tonight and Thursday morning.
Freezing rain and sleet spreads throughout the Stateline through this evening. The showers will be lighter and more scattered, so amounts should be lighter than Tuesday night’s ice storm. However, 1/10″ to up to 2/10″ may be enough to cause slick roads for a second night in a row. Drive with plenty of caution through Thursday morning.
The light and scattered freezing rain continues overnight and wraps up early Thursday morning as temperatures warm. Watch out for icy roads throughout the morning commute.
Winter Weather Advisories from the National Weather Service are in effect until Thursday. Advisories expire in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, and DeKalb counties at 9 am. Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Whiteside counties will be under the Advisories until 6 pm Thursday, as freezing rain will last a little longer in the day.
By the end of the morning, rain showers take over and fall for much of Thursday morning and the afternoon. Occasionally, heavier showers or brief downpours may hit the area. Roads will be wet, and possibly full of puddles through the afternoon. This will make driving difficult, even if ice isn’t a factor.
Colder air will push in behind this storm, so eventually the rain showers transition over to light snow showers by Thursday evening. 1/2″ or less for snow is expected, so roads won’t be too slushy. Be ready for slippery driving conditions just in case. Closer to 1″ of snow may fall for Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Whiteside counties, however.
By Friday, we’ll be 25 degrees colder (dropping from the upper 30’s on Thursday to the middle teens by Friday), but the weather will be dry. We’ll see dry conditions stay in place until Sunday, when light snow showers develop.