Morning sunshine gives way to afternoon rain chances and a much colder weekend

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Sunshine may greet you out the door early, but clouds will increase. Rain chances are soon to follow.

Tomorrow’s cold front will be poised just to our west shortly before midnight. Pockets of heavier rain and even a few thunderstorms are possible tonight.

Don’t let the dry conditions this morning fool you. There’s a decent amount of sunshine this morning, but that will soon be replaced by cloudy skies. Rain chances will hold off until later this afternoon. Before heading out the door for school or work, make sure your rain gear is handy. Showers currently in central Iowa will move into the region by this afternoon. Despite the increasingly cloudy skies and afternoon rain chances, highs will climb into the lower 70’s ahead of tomorrow’s cold front.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be likely overnight into early Friday morning. Area rivers are still experiencing flooding, so additional rainfall could lead to rises along already swollen rivers. The good news with our late-week rain is that it’ll be on the move. For that reason, most of us in the Stateline will receive between one-half to three-quarters of an inch.

As a cold front blasts through northern Illinois Friday morning, temperatures will tumble. By Friday afternoon, most of the area will be in the lower 40’s.

Friday morning starts with shower and thunderstorm chances ahead of an approaching cold front. Behind that cold front, the first breath of winter is soon to follow. Not only will rain be falling at times in the Stateline, but temperatures will be the warmest they’ll be for another week. As this cold front marches east, temperatures in the region will plummet. Most will start Friday in the 60’s. As the cold front slices through northern Illinois by tomorrow afternoon, temperatures will be in the 40’s. After getting out of bed and having that morning cup of coffee, keep in mind just how quickly temperatures fall through the day. Dress for how it will feel during the afternoon and not how it feels during the morning.

Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Whiteside Counties will be under a freeze watch Friday night into Saturday morning.

On top of the big chill that moves in for Friday afternoon, the winds also increase behind the passing cold front. Wind gusts Friday into Saturday could be as high as 30 to 35 MPH. As temperatures drop overnight Friday into Saturday, the threat for frost and a killing freeze develops. For that reason, portions of the Stateline will be under a freeze watch through Saturday morning.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard

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