ROCKFORD (WREX) — Temperatures will jump up and down over the rest of the week, but won’t change as dramatically as they did early this week.
Tuesday’s high temperature reached 66 degrees in Rockford, which is up 10 degrees compared to Monday and 16 degrees warmer than Sunday. Rockford cools off by 16 degrees heading into Wednesday, giving us a little whiplash between milder and cooler days.
A warm front came through this morning and provided the impressive boost in temperatures. A cold front is right on the warm front’s heels, and causes the plunge in temperature tomorrow. Highs warm back into the upper 40’s to around 50 degrees Wednesday afternoon.
Windy weather joins the quick change in temperature. Wind gusts are out of the northwest, and reach 30 mph through Wednesday night. The windy weather wraps up Wednesday night.
Starting Thursday, a slower warming trend kicks in. We’ll warm up 5 degrees to the middle 50’s on Thursday, then warm another 5 degrees to 60 degrees by Friday. Both days feature some sunshine, with calmer winds.
The flooded rivers are improving thanks to the drier weather. The Rock and Pecatonica rivers will be down to the minor flood stage by late this week. We may see both rivers finish flooding by the middle of next week.
We’ll hold steady in the 60’s over the weekend, but be ready for a little wet weather. Scattered showers are expected Saturday morning. Sunday looks drier, and also the warmest day of the week. The middle 60’s are coming at the end of the weekend.
Early next week, another drop is ahead. We’ll be back down into the middle 50’s by Tuesday. More showers and storms are expected Sunday night through Monday night. so next week gets off to a soggy start. The long range forecast hints at even colder weather coming later next week, so the frigid conditions we felt this past weekend could be returning soon.