It’s Been a While

Ample sunshine and a breezy south wind will usher in the mildest temperatures of the year on Sunday.

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In fact, that last time our thermometers cracked the 60-degree mark was on November 17, 2013! On that day, our temperature rose to 69 degrees. While upper 60s are out of the question for Sunday, a few spots well south of Rockford could achieve that on Monday.

High near 60°

High near 60°

Monday—while more cloudy (possibly thundery) and very blustery—will see highs push into the middle 60s across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The last time we had back-to-back 60+ degree days was at the end of last October!

Enjoy the last two days of March, because things will cool down into the 40s for the first several days of April!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on March 29, 2014

First thunderstorms of the year

threatrackAn area of low pressure will scoot directly overhead around 11pm tonight. A few thunderstorms are expected between 7pm and midnight. A few storms could produce some small hail and brief, gusty wind. No widespread severe weather is expected. For that reason, Threatrack remains at Level-1.

Let us know what you’re seeing in real-time on Twitter! Use @13wxauthority or @ericsorensen to report storms! -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on March 27, 2014

We Haven’t Gone Here in a While

We are aiming for back-to-back 60 degree days on Sunday and Monday for the first time since October 30-31st! We were watching horror films, raking leaves and wearing costumes the last time it happened! – GregCapture

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This post was written by qni_it on March 27, 2014

Signs of Spring

RAINToday we will make it up to around 40 degrees, which is considerably warmer than yesterday, but still not even close to where we should be this time of the year (mid 50s). The good news is that in the next 7 days we have a few signs of spring ahead. Warmer temperatures and spring showers will both impact the Stateline. We only have two days in the next 7 that have a shot at being above average, and those will fall on Sunday and Monday when we could be up near 60 degrees. Our chances for showers and even an isolated thunderstorm or two will be tonight into tomorrow and as we head into next week on Monday. Tonight, we can expect scattered showers to settle in and don’t be caught off guard if you hear a brief rumble of thunder or two. Tomorrow, you won’t want to leave home without the umbrella because scattered showers and heavy rail will persist on and off throughout the day. – Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on March 26, 2014

Seasonal Snow Update

With a quick dusting of snow Monday night in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, our seasonal rank moved up a notch!  Officially 0.2 inches of snow was observed at Chicago Rockford International Airport, bringing our seasonal snow total to 56.6 inches.

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This ties us into 7th place with the snowy 2008-2009 season.  Here is a look at the top 10 snowiest seasons on record in Rockford:

  • 74.5″ —– 1978-1979
  • 72.9″ —– 2007-2008
  • 62.1″ —– 1951-1952
  • 61.0″ —– 1942-1943
  • 58.2″ —– 1974-1975
  • 56.7″ —– 1925-1926
  • 56.6″ —– 2008-2009
  • 56.6″ —– 2013-2014
  • 55.9″ —– 1911-1912
  • 55.2″ —– 1959-1960

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on March 25, 2014

Project: Tornado sign-up has begun

BEGINSAttention teachers and principals! We want to come to your school!

Every year, we put together an extensive education campaign called “Project: Tornado.” the 13 Weather Authority team travels to at least one school every day for an entire month! Our visits in gymnasiums and auditoriums are complete with interactive demonstrations, documentary video produced here at WREX, and ending with a question and answer session. Every student will go home with a full-color booklet so the information is shared with family and friends. Best part of this? It’s a free service of WREX!

We are very proud to have seen 35,000+ students complete our course in the past seven years. If you’re interested in our program, click here.

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This post was written by qni_it on March 24, 2014

Overnight Snow

We are heading into the last full week of March and snow is still a gameplayer in the forecast. 3p1This evening into the overnight, snow will settle into the area from the northwest to the southeast. Don’t expect much in the way of accumulation, but a dusting to an inch is likely for most of us. Due to the timing of this system’s passing, the roadways will be a bit slick and possibily snow covered for the first few hours of tomorrow morning. Take it slow just in case! – Greg 3p1

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This post was written by qni_it on March 24, 2014

Round of Light Snow

The calendar says Spring, but Old Man Winter doesn’t want any part of that! Temperatures will be well below average through Wednesday. Highs will only reach the lower 30s today, Monday and Tuesday. With forecast high temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, any precipitation will come in the form of snow.

FutureTrack: Snow Monday Evening

FutureTrack: Snow Monday Evening

An Alberta clipper system will push through the area late Monday and Monday night. This will bring a round of light snow to northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Rockford has picked up 56.4 inches of snow since November 2013, and it looks like we will add another inch or inch-and-a-half to that total by Monday night.

First Look at FutureTrack:Snow (Saturday Evening Model Run)

First Look at FutureTrack:Snow (Saturday Evening Model Run)

Snow will wind down late Monday night, tapering to a few morning flurries on Tuesday. With sunshine likely by Tuesday afternoon, melting will quickly begin!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on March 22, 2014

Seasonably Cold

After enjoying the warmest day of the year with temperatures climbing into the 50s (even a few 60s) on Friday, we’re going to need our winter coats for a few days. Seasonably cold air will stick around for the first half of the last full week of March.

High Temperatures on 03/21/2014

High Temperatures on 03/21/2014

High temperatures through Tuesday will top out in the low-to-mid 30s across the region. Low temperatures will bottom out in the low-to-mid teens. Overall, our temperatures will be 15 to 20 degrees colder than average. The end of March averages highs in the lower 50s and lows near 30.  This cold spell will not break any records, but it will serve as a reminder of the ups and downs of early Spring in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Below Average Temps Early Next Week

Below Average Temps Early Next Week

With chilly air in place, any precipitation that falls will likely come in the form of snow. Light snow is likely late Monday afternoon through Monday night before winding down and tapering to flurries Tuesday morning. Rain showers return to our forecast by next Thursday & Friday as temperatures rebound back to near 50.

Things are looking up by the end of March. Temperatures may flirt with 60 by April Fools Day!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on March 22, 2014

Slam Dunk!

CaptureWe have officially and finally made it into spring! Today and tomorrow look great when it comes to temperatures with highs today in the mid to upper 40s and we make a run for the mid to upper 50s tomorrow. In fact, some spots along the I88 corridor could push near 60 degrees! Make sure you enjoy these two days, because late tomorrow we bring in a chance for a few scattered showers. Those showers will then usher in a cool spell that will leave us with highs in the 30s Saturday-Wednesday. It won’t be a bitterly cold spell, but our highs will be more than ten degrees below average. – Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on March 20, 2014