Frosty start to a new work week; plenty of sunshine ahead

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Most of the region has fallen to near freezing, which means patchy frost is likely for the morning commute.

Most areas are flirting with the freezing mark as of the 7 o’clock hour.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that have this Monday off, you won’t have to worry about scraping the car this morning. Most of the area is hovering near the freezing mark, which means frost has developed in quite a few places. The frosty start should diminish by around 8 or 9 this morning. The rest of the day will feature plenty of sunshine and highs climbing into the lower 50’s. While temperatures will be below average, the cooler temperatures won’t be long-lasting.

A cold front is forecast to pass through the area tomorrow and is expected to bring a cool down for Wednesday. Before getting to those details, rain chances will increase into Tuesday. You’ll notice the changes first overnight tonight into early Tuesday morning. Clouds will be on the increase, which means overnight lows only fall into the upper 30’s. Most of us remain dry until around sunrise tomorrow.

Rain returns for Tuesday morning as a cold front works through the Stateline.

Most models suggest only spotty showers likely, with more widespread activity focused across far northeastern Illinois. Rain chances should begin to wrap up by midday Tuesday, with highs expected to climb into the upper 50’s.

The cooler weather makes a brief one-day appearance on Wednesday, as high temperatures are likely to remain in the 40’s. A slow warm up is expected Thursday into Friday, with highs climbing into the 50’s and lower 60’s. The second half of the week features drier conditions, but rain chances return just in time for the weekend.

Spotty showers and even a few thunderstorms are possible Saturday and Sunday. If you’re already wanting to make plans for the weekend ahead, it won’t be a washout. Highs both days climb into the middle to upper 60’s.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard

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