ROCKFORD (WREX) – Our slow climb out of the deep freeze continues on Wednesday, though breezy winds will add enough additional chill that midweek won’t feel all that warm.
Tonight through Wednesday, breezy west winds continue. Gusts may reach 25 mph at times, keeping wind chills in the -5 to 5 range through Wednesday afternoon. After a night with partly cloudy weather and scattered flurries, the middle of the week should be sunny and dry again.
Thursday sees the warming trend stall for a day. Highs will stay in the middle 20’s. Snow showers are on the way as well. We’ll see light snow by Thursday evening, and the showers last into Thursday night. Accumulations look to stay under 1″, though near and south of I-88 could get 1-2″ of snow.
Sunshine and dry weather resume on Friday, and so does the warming trend. Temperatures jump back into the middle to upper 30’s during the afternoon.
By the weekend, spring-like weather appears again. Highs may reach the middle to upper 40’s on Saturday. That does come with windy and soggy weather for much of the weekend. Rain showers are likely by Saturday afternoon, and a few thunderstorms are possible as well. Hefty rain totals are possible as the rain continues into Saturday night. By Sunday, colder weather is back, switching the rain over to light snow. We should be dry again by the end of Sunday.
The track of the storm will greatly affect how much rain and snow may fall. A westerly and slower track will cut down on the rain amounts and strength of the winds. A different model solution showers a more easterly and stronger storm, resulting in higher rain totals (an additional 1/2″+) and stronger wind gusts.
Strong winds are expected with the weekend storm as well. We could see gusts approach 40 mph, creating dreary conditions when combined with the rain and snow.