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 Joe Astolfi on March 25, 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 GregBobos 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 Joe Astolfi on March 22, 2014

Another Round of Light Snow

After 50 degree temperatures and plenty of melting snow on Friday, a fresh layer of the white stuff will blanket the Stateline by Sunday morning. Clouds will thicken up throughout the day Saturday as highs reach 40 degrees. Light snow will develop by the evening hours, possibly mixing with a few raindrops along the I-88 corridor of northern Illinois.

FutureTrack: Saturday Night

FutureTrack: Saturday Night

Light snow will continue Saturday night and eventually taper off in the early morning hours of Sunday. Snowfall totals will be light. Ground and air temperatures will help melt some of the falling snow initially, but as the night wears on our temperatures will fall into the upper teens. Snow will begin to accumulate, although it looks like just an inch will coat the ground. An inch and a half is possible for our far western counties.

Around 1"

Around 1″

After a little early morning snow on Sunday, temperatures will be lucky to reach 30 degrees with a gusty northwest wind. Our wind chill will be in the single digits!

Spring….what’s that!?

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 14, 2014

Heavy snow likely between I-80 and I-88

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A batch of very heavy snow currently stretches from north of Galesburg to Mendota to Chicago. Thunder is possible as this lifts northeast. Notice the sharp cut off south of Rochelle from heavy snow to nothing at all. That’s going to be the story of the night. Areas south of Rockford will see heavy snow while the Forest City escapes most of the snow. For that reason, we’re expecting little/no complications for the morning commute. However, if you’re headed a half hour east on I-90 or a half hour south on I-39, you will run into a heavy, wet snow. Drive carefully!

2Areas along I-88 will receive 3-6 inches of snow, while Freeport and Rockford may only see an inch or two. -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on March 11, 2014

Morning Rush

Our snow system had the models all worked up last night and early this morning, but things have settled down and we are back to expecting just a few inches here across the Stateline. The timing puts the snow overnight into tomorrow morning. So, of course, our morning commute could suffer. Even minimal snow accumulation could make for a slippery and longer travel from point A to point B tomorrow, so if you have to head out, be sure to hit the road a few minutes early and take it slow! – GregUntitled

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This post was written by GregBobos on March 11, 2014

Evening models: More robust with snow for Northern Illinois

futuretrackThe evening models are in and have taken a discernable shift northward with the snow potential for Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. While the morning runs had Central Illinois in the highest probability, they’ve definitely come north into Northern Illinois. While some of the models (including Futuretrack) to the left are extreme, they aren’t to be totally thrown out. Would I bet the farm on Rockford getting over 6 inches? Heck no! But there is a chance we get there. March systems historically produce more precipitation. What’s interesting to me is the models seem to be taking into account the melting snowcover. Low pressure systems usually track just south of the line that divides snowpack and bare ground. With a day and a half of melting, that is now along the I-88 corridor. So, a stormtrack from Peoria to Lafayette, Indiana seems pretty legit to me. That puts Northern Illinois in a sweet spot for snow early Wednesday. My gut right now says 3-6″ for Rockford, but if the available moisture increases (and we keep it falling as all snow), this could end up being a full-fledged winter storm for Northern Illinois in 24 hours.

I have a feeling the models will merge together with respect to consistency with the morning runs. We’ll keep you updated for sure! What’s funny is I’ve made it through the whole winter season without needing to camp overnight here…looks like we may have a big one after all. -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on March 10, 2014

March snowstorm coming to Illinois & Indiana

On Monday, high temperatures surged into the 50s and 60s across Illinois and Indiana. St. Louis even made it up around 80°! However, there could be quite a snowstorm for the Midwest Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The devil is in the details however.

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This graphic shows the difference in solutions between our different computer models. While the NAM model puts down quite a bit of snow across far Northern Illinois, there are solutions that hammer downstate Illinois with snow. When there is no consistency between the models, it’s important to see where they overlap. So, the brighter white color on the map is where the highest chance of heavy snow will be. Winter Storm Watches are in effect for Northern Indiana in advance of this system. Somebody could receive around 6 inches of snow.

For Rockford, light rain will change to light snow around 10pm Tuesday with some bursts of heavy snow likely along the I-88 corridor for Wednesday morning. However, this is subject to change so stay tuned! -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on March 10, 2014

3rd Place: Good or Bad?

SNOW. There hasn’t been a lot of “in between” this season; you either love it or hate it. Since November 11th, Rockford has witnessed 54.9 inches of snow. Little did we know that on December 8th, a record long stretch of days with snow on the ground would begin!

Since December 8th, our weather observation site at Chicago Rockford International Airport has steadily picked up 53.9 inches of snow. Thanks to record cold temperatures and a weather pattern that brought the white stuff as frequently as every other day, snow has remained on the ground for 90 days!

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We’re in record territory. December 9, 2013 through March 8, 2014 is currently the 3rd longest stretch of days with snow on the ground. This edges out an 89-day period with snow on the ground from 1977-1978.

As of March 8, 2014

As of March 8, 2014

Here are the Top 5 longest stretches of days with snow on the ground in Rockford:

  1. 107 days ending March 18, 1979
  2. 97 days ending March 18, 1962
  3. 90 days so far this season
  4. 89 days ending March 18, 1978
  5. 59 days ending February 11, 1984

With a warming trend in our forecast, our streak may soon come to an end. If we keep snow on the ground through next Saturday—which is possible—we will tie for 2nd place!

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 8, 2014

Another Snowy Wake Up

This morning we all woke up to snow covered sidewalks and streets. The accumulation was minimal, but enough to slow down the morning commute. Tomorrow morning will start off in a similar manner, however some folks could be waking up to even more snow than this morning. A weakening clipper system will track across the area tonight into the first hours of tomorrow morning. 1We can expect roughly 2-4 inches of snow from the system with the higher totals piling up to the west, especially along the Mississippi. Areas to the east and south of Rockford are likely to see the smallest totals. -Greg

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This post was written by GregBobos on March 4, 2014