ROCKFORD (WREX) – There has been plentiful sunshine today, so go out while it last because the chance for cloud cover is not too far away this evening. With the increase of cloud cover, a chance for some rain showers moves in as well. It looks very slight for now, but we can not completely rule it out. Luckily, our 50-degree temperatures will prevent any snow. Rain totals will remain light, with areas that actually receive rain getting less than one-tenth of an inch.
Overnight, we will keep that slight chance of showers, but most of the state-line should remain fairly dry. We will have mostly cloudy skies through and temperatures will not drop into the 40’s. We will have a slight breeze tonight, but it should not be cause for alarm for very cold wind chills. We will keep these clouds overnight for Tuesday. We quickly warm up into the ’60s for the rest of the week, but at the expense of rain. The next chance for rain will hold off until Tuesday night, but the chance for thunderstorms continue well into Thursday.
As a low-pressure system develops in the Central Plains, Wednesday will be the biggest day to keep an eye on. The Storm Prediction Center has the region under a “marginal” risk for severe weather, which is a 1 on a scale of 1 to 5. The National Weather Service is looking at Wednesday for Stephenson County for hazardous weather. This includes very gusty winds and the development of hail.
However, more details will come into better alignment as the next 48-hours unfolds, so stay with 13 WREX on-air and online for the latest. Good news, we are not far away from nicer weather into the weekend ahead. It looks like we will remain mostly quiet and warm starting Friday night into Sunday.