ROCKFORD (WREX) – The calendar says April, but that doesn’t mean Winter is gone yet. We have a few hints of winter appearing in the extended forecast.
The weather improves briefly before we get back into wintry conditions this weekend. Much-more spring-like conditions arrive Saturday. Temperatures rebound into the middle 50’s after a couple of cool days. The pesky strong winds will be gone. After two days of gusts near or above 40 mph, wind gusts drop to 20 mph for Saturday. While still breezy, the weather will be a lot more comfortable with the warmer air. We’ll see plenty of sunshine in the morning, then clouds build in throughout the afternoon.
After a dry start to the weekend, wet weather slides in Sunday morning. Showers start around sunrise, and continue into the afternoon before drying up in the late evening. A narrow band of very wet snowfall is the likely scenario, for now. It is still too early to say where this band of snow sets up. Conditions will to vary a lot, as this band could be a couple of counties wide.
A couple to several inches of snow will accumulate on colder surfaces under the narrow band of snow. These colder spots are usually lawns, fields, grassy surfaces, bridges, and overpasses. The snow will melt upon contact on roads. As a result, travel impacts will be minimal. Monitor the forecast if you have travel plans this weekend, just in case.
Light snow or a mix of rain and snow will fall outside of the narrow band. These areas will be hard-pressed to see any accumulation, as the snow may melt right away.
South of I-80, the weather will be mainly rainy. We have a better chance of straight rain showers by the afternoon. A little more snow will fall in the evening, then the wet weather dries up.
In addition to the snowy weather, Sunday’s temperatures will be pretty chilly for April. Highs will only warm into the low 30’s. Wind chills will be in the 20’s with the breezy winds.
Temperatures rebound next week, as highs will be near the 70’s by Tuesday. We aren’t free of winter weather just yet. Rain showers look likely next Thursday, then a rain/snow mix is possible again next Friday.