ROCKFORD (WREX) – The sun has risen on a gorgeous and snow-covered Stateline.
Sunday’s 2.9″ snow in Rockford will melt quite nicely this morning and afternoon. The mid-April sun angle will really get to work on clearing much of the snow that remains on the grassy surfaces. The exception to that could be across parts of Lee, Ogle, and DeKalb Counties, where they picked up much more snow than Rockford.
Sunny skies this morning will give way to increasing cloud cover later this afternoon. A disturbance across Iowa and Northern Missouri will shift east through the morning and could bring the chance for scattered showers this afternoon. Clouds will begin to increase by noon, with the best chances for rain returning between early-to-mid-afternoon.
Rain totals will remain light, with areas that actually receive rain getting less than one-tenth of an inch. As far as temperatures are concerned, highs will be much warmer than on Sunday, We didn’t get out of the 30’s yesterday. This Monday will feature temperatures near 50 degrees, which is still below average.
Tuesday will feature much warmer conditions, with highs in the mid 60’s, a few degrees warmer than typical for mid-April. We go from well below to well above average through the middle of this week. Those warmer temperatures will also result in an increase in showers and thunderstorms.
A vigorous spring system will develop in the Plains by tomorrow. By tomorrow night, rain and even thunderstorms will be possible as this disturbance moves closer. The chance for stronger storms is a threat that will bear watching as Wednesday approaches. 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. Details will come into better alignment as the next 48-hours unfolds, so stay with 13 WREX on-air and online for the latest.