Cold weather quickly replaces Thursday’s warmth

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -The rain and strong winds are coming to an end soon. Much colder weather is coming with the quieter conditions.

Say goodbye to the 60’s for now. Temperatures will fall quickly to the 30’s tonight. The strong wind gusts over 40 mph will be disappearing too. We’ll stay breezy with gusts up to 30 mph, but the northwest winds will be a lot quieter tonight and Friday.

Light rain showers spiral in this evening, but won’t add much to our impressive rain totals over the last 2 days. The drizzly weather dries up by midnight. We’ll then see a short break in the wet weather.

While the rain showers may be ending, major river flooding is still expected by this weekend on the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers. Some roads may be closed due to flooding by Sunday. Remember, do not drive through any flood waters.

Since flooding is expected to worsen, take any necessary actions now to protect your property and to avoid any flooded areas. The rivers will likely stay high and at least at moderate flood stage through next week.

We’ve seen 1-2″ of rain in the last week. An additional 1-2″ of water is coming from melting snow. The frozen ground is preventing all that water from soaking into the ground, and making it run off into the rivers.

Since colder air is moving in, we’ll see flurries Friday morning. Between 6 am and 9 am, up to 1/4″ is possible. That should have little impact on roads and sidewalks. The rest of Friday will be breezy and mostly cloudy with highs near 40.

We’ll stay in the 40’s with sunshine this weekend, then jump to the middle to upper 40’s for much of next week. Most of next week will be sunny, though a few clouds and a chance for light showers pops up Wednesday.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

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