ROCKFORD (WREX) – We get a long break from wet weather, for the most part, but the weather will take a while to get back to average.
Saturday looks to be sunny, dry, and calmer, though temperatures stay cool. Usually we are in the upper 40’s around this time of year. Instead, highs just get into the low 40’s, or about 5 degrees below average.
There’s a chance for flurries during the pre-dawn hours on Sunday. Little to no accumulation is expected, however. Otherwise, the weather stays dry and partly cloudy for the end of the weekend. Sunday’s highs will be close to Saturday’s and remain in the middle to low 40’s.
While the dry weather will be beneficial, area rivers will continue to rise. The Pecatonica and Rock rivers are either at major flood stage, or will get there by the end of the weekend. The river levels, in general, will stay steady or fall slowly next week, so prepare for flooding to last for at least another week. Move away from the flood waters, and take action to protect your property now if major flooding levels will affect it.
Next week, the weather looks quiet and dry, which will help the flooding. We’ll see the middle 40’s early in the week, with sunshine. There is a chance for a rain/snow mix on Wednesday, but showers for now look light. We may be back at or above average and in the 50’s by late next week. Sunny weather should return Thursday and Friday.
We may have another shot at the 60’s by next weekend, so spring warmth isn’t too far away! The official start of the Spring season is Wednesday, March 20, during the vernal equinox. The weather does not always cooperate with the start of the season, but spring weather could line up just in time.