ROCKFORD (WREX) — We’ll get a preview of what the weather feels like around Thanksgiving by this weekend. Ahead of the drop off in temperatures, rain showers and storms will fall through Friday.
The light rain kicked off Thursday afternoon ahead of the massive storm system hitting the Midwest. We’ll continue to see on-and-off rain showers through the night. By early overnight, a few heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected. The heavy rain looks brief, but be careful driving overnight, and avoid any water in the roads. Up to 1″ of rain is possible by Friday morning.
Most of the rain will be leaving by Friday morning, though a few light showers may pop up in the afternoon. The big weather story for Friday will be the giant drop in temperatures.
The day starts out in the middle 60’s during the morning, then we’ll see a quick drop in the afternoon. As the cold air slams into the Stateline, temperatures will fall quickly into the 50’s. Blustery west winds will create wind chills in the 30’s. By Friday evening, temperatures will be falling into the 40’s, with wind chills around freezing.
The plunge wraps up Friday night, with lows in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. A Freeze Watch has been issued ahead of the freezing temperatures along and west of I-39. Protect your plants if necessary by covering them up or moving them inside.
Saturday will be dry and sunny, but that won’t help our temperatures much. We’ll warm back into the upper 40’s at the warmest. These temperatures are a lot more like late November than mid-October. Windy weather from the west will keep wind chills in the 20’s to 30’s throughout Saturday. Sunday won’t be any warmer, but the winds will be lighter.
Next week, temperatures will be a little warmer yet still below average. Highs should be back into the middle 50’s by the end of the week.