Dry stretch continues, but an active pattern is set to return late this week

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Aside from patchy fog, today will feature a mix of sun and clouds. The weather remains tranquil for now, but changes are ahead for the second half of the week.

If you’re preparing to walk out the door, don’t forget the sunglasses today. Despite the cloudy and foggy start, sunny skies will return later in the day. Today will feature a bit more cloud cover than what the Stateline experienced on Monday, but conditions will remain dry.

Some areas of patchy fog could linger through about 10 a.m. before gradually tapering off by this afternoon. If you happen to run into fog on your commute, just take it easy. Dew points and air temperatures are fairly close to one another, so plenty of moisture is available in the atmosphere. We’ll keep the more humid weather around for a little while longer, meaning more foggy morning’s are possible this week.

Today and Wednesday will remain dry, but as high pressure continues to slide east, increasing moisture will get pulled into northern Illinois. Thursday morning will bring the next chance for rain. Morning showers and thunderstorms could greet you on the way out the door, however it looks like rain chances will diminish by the afternoon. Current thinking keeps severe weather away from the Stateline, but heavy rain will be possible with any showers that do move through.

Thursday will be the first of several unsettled days. Over the next five to seven days, widespread rainfall totals could be between 1/2″ to as much as 1.5″. As a reminder, flood warnings remain in effect for the Pecatonica and flood advisories remain in place along portions of the Rock River. Depending on how much rain falls, additional river rises could occur.

Timing of this weekend’s rain chances are a little more uncertain given how much of the week is still left. Models generally agree that Saturday features the best chance for rain. The cold front giving us showers and storms this weekend will sweep through, bringing a return to more fall-like temperatures just in time for the official start of fall next Monday.

Justin Ballard

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