Rain exits and blustery winds enter this evening

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – Rain showers will leave the forecast for a few days, with windy and brisk weather replacing the rain through Thursday. This is all part of a fall-like feel to the middle of the week before we get back to summer weather this weekend.

Rain showers produced around 1/4″ for most locations. A few spots like Freeport saw some scattered small hail, but thankfully nothing severe. Overnight, stronger northwest winds kick in. We’ll see wind gusts up to 35 mph this evening, then gusts relax to 25-30 mph overnight. The weather will remain brisk tonight, and cool into the upper 40’s for temperatures. The sky will clear out by the morning.

Thursday sees a return of sunny weather, but the day will remain cool. Most locations will struggle to warm to 70 degrees. The blustery northwest winds will linger, gusting to 30 mph. Friday holds onto the sunny and breezy weather. This time, however, we’ll see southwest winds gust to 30 mph. The warmer air coming with those winds should get us up to the middle 70’s for highs. For reference, average temperatures for this time of year are around 80 degrees. While Friday will be warmer, we’ll still be below average by a handful of degrees.

Rain is back this weekend. Scattered showers and storms are expected again Saturday, with a few heavier downpours possible. Temperatures will stay in the middle 70’s. Rain may continue into the night, but should be gone by early Sunday. Heavier rainfall may be possible in spots, mainly south of I-88. There is a slight risk for stronger storms in these areas too. Keep an eye on the forecast closer to the weekend.

We’ll warm back to around average for Sunday and beyond. Sunny and dry weather takes hold through next Wednesday, though slight chances for rain may pop up again. Temperatures won’t be too warm and rise to around 80 by next week.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

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