ROCKFORD (WREX) — A quiet start to the evening with temperatures falling from the warm upper 60’s this afternoon. The rest of the evening will remain quiet and calm. Lows for tonight will not even fall below 50° for most areas. However, the cloud cover will continue to build and a new weather pattern will set up to kick off the new work week.
A strong storm system has grown just to our west in the Great Plains. This system pulled in moisture with southerly winds. Clouds have been funneled in as well to aid in the development of overnight showers. A few strong thunderstorms are also possible with these showers, but no severe weather is expected. Overnight showers and storms will bring a period of rain to northern Illinois into parts of Monday. In fact, much of the day Monday could be wet at times especially for the morning commute. So before you head out the door, make sure to grab the rain gear. As much as 1″ is possible, with some spots seeing locally more.
Also Monday is the last day of 60°+ temperatures The chance for rain will decrease in the afternoon and be out by the evening. There will also be a period of strong and gusty winds possible Monday with wind gusts near 35-40. Breezy winds will last into Tuesday afternoon as our powerful low rests over the region. A cold frontal passage will occur and drop temperatures into the lower 50’s on Tuesday afternoon.
We will notice a similar story for the rest of the week as high temperatures rest in the 50’s and even 40’s. After a chance for rain on Thursday, a period of clouds and sunshine take over the forecast.