Drizzly start to Friday, drying out for the weekend

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – After several days and multiple rounds of rain showers, the Stateline finally gets a break from the showery weather in time for the weekend.

Friday is starting on a cloudy note, but despite the clouds being in place, much of the region is dry.  A few light showers moved through earlier this morning wetting the roads.  Temperatures are above-freezing, so slick roads are not a concern if you’re getting ready for your day.

If you woke up expecting another warm, spring-like day…I have some bad news.  Temperatures today will only climb into the upper-30’s to near-40 across Northern Illinois.  The cold front responsible for the shower and thunderstorms that rolled through around noon yesterday have ushered in cooler air.  Average highs for mid-March are in the mid-40’s, so temperatures will not be too far below-average today.  As much time as we spent below-freezing this winter, I am certainly not going to complain about temperatures near-40.

Blustery winds will continue through the afternoon hours, though not as gusty as yesterday.  I’ve put together a list of the top wind speeds from Thursday:

  • Rockford – 52 MPH @ 1:33 PM
  • Rochelle – 49 MPH @ 2:35 PM
  • DeKalb – 48 MPH @ 3:15 PM

If you were out and about driving yesterday, you likely felt the strong wind gusts blowing your vehicle around a bit.  You still may notice the difficult driving today, as gusts this afternoon likely top out near 30 MPH at times.

High pressure slides into the Midwest today and will persist into the weekend.  A quick-moving upper-level disturbance could produce snow by Saturday evening into early Sunday, but dry air at the surface may severely limit snow actually making it to the ground.  Regardless of whether or not the snow is able to overcome the dry air at the surface, whatever falls will be light and accumulations will reflect that.

The rest of the weekend looks dry and the long-term pattern suggests a period of quiet weather to bring March to a close.

Justin Ballard

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