First 70-degree day likely to start a new week

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – A new week kicks off with some patchy fog and a warm afternoon.

Visibility in the Stateline is slowly improving this morning.  Rural areas are seeing the fog develop and stick around, so be sure to burn those fog lights on your vehicle and not high beams.  If you have the high beams on and run into a thick wall of fog, the lights reflect off water droplets and back into your eyes.  Conditions do improve later this morning, with increasing sunshine through the day.

High pressure will move overhead and keep winds out of the southwest.  There is a lot of convection (think thunderstorms) located across the Deep South and that’s going to prevent the southerly draw from pulling too much moisture northward into Illinois.  What it will pull in is warmth.  Highs today climb into the low to mid 70’s.  If we hit 70-degrees today, it will be the first time we’ve seen a 70-degree reading since October of last year.

Plenty of sunny and blue skies today, but a few clouds will be possible this evening as a cold front pushes through the region.  This cold front will keep precipitation to the east, but the sky could turn partly cloudy by later this evening.  Temperatures this evening will drop into the 40’s with gusty winds to 20 MPH at times.  Tuesday morning may start a bit chilly, as wind chills will feel like they’re in the 30’s at times, but highs will once again climb above-average.

Wednesday will bring in big changes.  A center of low pressure will pass just to the west and the attendant warm front will slowly lift through the region by late in the day.  This means much of Wednesday will feature cool easterly winds.  Highs likely won’t climb above 50 Wednesday.

Rain and thunderstorms return by Thursday.  A close eye will be kept on the potential for severe weather Thursday afternoon and evening.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard

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