Rain showers will soon be replaced by gusty winds

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – The rain showers will continue until early tonight. There is a slight chance for a few thunderstorms and quick downpours are possible before they are all out. East winds will accelerate and gust between 30 and 40 mph. The National Weather serviced has issued Flood Advisories until 10 PM for most locations due to moderate to heavy rainfall and snowmelt.  Many locations have already collected above a quarter of an inch, so the chance for minor flooding on area rivers is possible. Keep an eye on river levels. Watch out for a lot of puddles on the roads.

The rain should dry up a little before midnight. As the rain is tapering off, there may be a period of drizzly rain or freezing drizzle or even a few snowflakes. Little to no ice or snow accumulation is expected, but watch out for slick spots, just in case. The weather will stay dry after midnight. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 8 AM on Sunday as the breezy winds will switch directions from east to west, and gust to 45 mph.

Sunday remains mainly cloudy and breezy, yet the day will be dry. Look for westerly winds to gust to 40 mph, along with colder temperatures in the middle 30’s. As we head into the afternoon, the winds will start to die down. Those winds out of the west will have gusts that start to decrease to near 25 mph overnight on Sunday.

We’ll see sunshine and the 30’s for early next week, then if you’ve been waiting patiently for spring weather, you’ll get a taste because highs in the ’50s are possible by Wednesday. However, The warmer weather looks to come with plenty of rain and wind on Wednesday, then dry and windy weather will colder temperatures for the end of next week, similar to this weekend’s set up.

Tommie Owens

Tommie Owens

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