Mostly dry day ahead, staying cool

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – Storms that rolled through late last night have left behind cloudy conditions this morning.

The low pressure that brought the Stateline isolated stronger storms late last night has pushed into Wisconsin.  A cold front is currently cutting through Northern Illinois and will continue to push south and east through this morning and this afternoon.  There’s the chance for a few light showers or patchy drizzle at times through the day, but most of the morning and afternoon does remain dry.

Cloudy skies will stick around through much of the day, despite the cold frontal passage sweeping moisture out of the region.  Cold fronts this time of the year can be sometimes dramatic, especially in regards to temperature swings.  Rockford recorded a high of 75-degrees on Wednesday.  Today’s highs may not even get out of the low 50’s, which will likely be early this morning before the cooler air begins to filter into the area.  With northwesterly winds of up to 25 MPH on occasion, it’ll feel like it’s in the 40’s at times, so grab a light jacket this morning.

It is a brief cool-down.  Temperatures tomorrow will rebound nicely, with highs forecast to be in the upper 50’s to near 60, which are just a handful of degrees below average temperatures for mid-April.  Friday will start with mostly cloudy skies, but a bit more sunshine is forecast by the afternoon.  Northerly winds gusting at times to 30 MPH will be likely through tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Saturday looks to feature dry conditions, with plenty of sunshine expected.  Temperatures will be rebounding nice after the late-week cool-down.  Highs should climb through the 60’s on Saturday to near 70 by Sunday.  If your Easter Sunday features egg hunts, you’ll remain dry.  The chance for rain holds off until late Sunday evening, possible even later.

A cold front looks to stall across Central Illinois sometime early next week, keeping rain chances in the forecast through the first half of the week.  Temperatures look to remain near average through midweek.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard

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