ROCKFORD (WREX) — Big changes are on the horizon with cold air creeping closer to the Stateline. Thursday gives us one more day of warmer weather before temperatures take a big drop.
Clouds build in throughout the night leading up to Thursday, . The added cloud cover keeps us a little warmer overnight. Look for lows in the middle 50’s, or nearly 10 degrees warmer than last night.
Despite seeing a mainly cloudy sky, temperatures will warm to around 70 degrees Thursday afternoon. Southeast winds will get a little breezy, and gust to 20 mph.
The strong cold front approaches Thursday evening, and will spark a few scattered showers and storms. Plan on a little rain starting Thursday afternoon.
The bulk of the rain slides through Thursday night through Friday afternoon. We may get a few brief, heavy downpours and scattered thunderstorms. Severe weather and flash flooding aren’t likely, but be aware of the heavy rain and strong winds that will pop up from time to time Friday.
Temperatures start taking the plunge as the cold front moves through Friday. Conditions start out in the low 60’s Friday morning, drop quickly Friday afternoon, and end up in the 40’s Friday evening. As the breezy winds continue, wind chills in the 30’s are possible Friday evening. The rain showers wrap up by the evening. Up to 1″ of rain may fall between Thursday night and Friday night.
The cold air and winds are just getting started as the rain and clouds move out Friday night. We’ll be close to freezing Friday night, with wind chills into the 20’s. Gusty west winds up to 30 mph will be felt for much of Saturday, keeping wind chills in the 20’s to 30’s. Saturday’s temperatures will only warm into the middle 40’s. This is typical weather for late November!
The extra chilly weather will linger through Sunday. We slowly warm into the low 50’s early next week, but that is still about 10 degrees below average. With nights in the 30’s, be ready for frost to pop up from time-to-time at night.