Warmer weather slides in behind tonight’s rain

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – The pesky rain showers and colder weather will go away after tonight. Much warmer weather is coming this weekend.

Occasional light to drizzly rain showers will linger until midnight, at the least. After midnight, patchy fog may set up as the showers depart. Watch out for hard-to-see conditions early Friday morning. Temperatures will be warmer overnight and stay in the low 40’s.

We won’t see a ton of sunshine on Friday with mostly cloudy weather in place.¬†Take it slower if you see fog during the morning drive. Any areas of fog will dissipate by the middle of Friday morning. The day will be dry and less breezy to make up for that. Temperatures start their warming trend and rise to around 60 for Friday’s high.

Another big leap comes Saturday. Highs soar to almost 70 degrees, which is 10 degrees above average. We last saw the 70’s early last October. The weather provides a little more sunshine with a partly cloudy sky.

We’ll hold onto the upper 60’s Sunday, though scattered rain showers will return. A few rumbles of thunder can’t be ruled out, but no severe weather is expected. If you do hear thunder, head indoors immediately. You are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning, plus downpours are possible. We may see another 1/4″ of rainfall with this round of showers.

The weather dries out again by Monday, with one more day in the upper 60’s coming. After that, cooler weather moves back in. We’ll be in the 50’s in the middle of the week, then the 40’s are possible by Thursday along with more rain. A rain/snow mix can’t be ruled out next week, due to the colder weather on the way. Long term, the weather will remain cooler at the end of next week.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

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