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

We Did it Again!

For the second time this week we have made it to the 50 degree mark! Enjoy the afternoon because the rest of this weekend will be on the cooler side. UntitledTwo cold fronts are headed out way, the first will knock us into the 40s tomorrow and the second will drop us into the 30s. Believe it or not, even though we are in tshirts today, we could need the shovels by Sunday morning. Our second cold front has the potential to bring us a dusting to and inch or two of snow Saturday night into Sunday. – Greg

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This post was written by GregBobos on March 14, 2014

10° Temperature Swings

Winter and spring continue to duke it out as we head into this weekend. High temperatures Friday take us back up near 50 degrees, only to be shortchanged thanks to two incoming cold fronts. The first cold front drops our highs back near 40 degrees on Saturday, and the second takes us down to 30 degrees on Sunday. – Greg Capture2Untitled

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This post was written by GregBobos on March 13, 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

The Ups & Downs

We are heading into the middle of March and dare I say that it is starting to feel like spring? rollercoasterHigh temps could take us beyond 50 degrees this afternoon which would be the first time this year! Don’t get too used to this mild feeling, because we still have shots of cold air in the forecast and even a chance for snow. We plummet back to the 30s for Wednesday with a few inches of snow accumulation likely Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The good news is that by the end of the week we warm back up. Friday looks to be in the low 50s with wall to wall sunshine. -Greg

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This post was written by GregBobos 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

Records All Around

We have officially flipped the calendar into the month of March, but I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, because this stands to be one of the coldest March days on record. This morning was brutally cold once again with the low temperature in Rockford bottoming out at -11°. 11pmwindchillThat reading blew our low temp record for this date out of the water. The previous record of -4° was set back in 2002. Our -11° also tied the record for the coldest March temperature ever recorded. 1As if those aren’t enough records for one day, if we do not top 18° this afternoon, today will go down as the coldest high temperature ever on this date! – Greg Capture

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This post was written by GregBobos on March 3, 2014

March 2nd Record Cold

It has been a record-filled first weekend of March. First came the snow on Saturday and then the cold on Sunday.

Thanks to two rounds of snow during the 24-hour period of March 1st, a total of 4.6 inches of snow fell at Chicago Rockford International Airport. This was the highest one-day total observed on any March 1st since 1906! The previous record was just 2.0 inches from 1943.

Local High Temps: March 2, 2014

Local High Temps: March 2, 2014

As arctic air settled in on Sunday, the high temperature in Rockford only topped out at a chilly 9 degrees. This is the coldest high temperature ever observed on any March 2nd since 1906. In fact, Sunday’s high replaced a 102-year-old record! The previous record was 14 degrees from 1912. What’s even more interesting is that March 2, 2014 will likely enter the record books as the coldest March high temperature ever!!! Until now, the coldest March high was 10 degrees on March 8, 1932.

New Record Cold High Temperature

New Record Cold High Temperature

If that wasn’t enough, two more records could fall on Monday….

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 2, 2014

Quiet, Cold Sunday

Aside from a few morning snow flurries, Sunday will be relatively quiet. Arctic high pressure will build into the region, so cloud cover will gradually decrease as the day wears on. High temperatures will be about 30 degrees COLDER than normal for early March! High near 10 degrees.

FutureTrack Sunday Morning

FutureTrack Sunday Morning

Although our northerly wind will be light, between 5 and 15mph, our wind chill be quite cold. Wind chill values will range between -20 and -10 degrees throughout the day.

FutureTrack Wind Chill Sunday

FutureTrack Wind Chill Sunday

Air temperatures will fall below zero Sunday night through Monday morning and we’ll stay locked in with frigid air through Tuesday. Temperature records will be in jeopardy on Monday, including a record low (-4° from 2002) and a record cold high (18° from 2002).

Staying Cold

Staying Cold

A much-needed end-of-the-work-week warm up is in our forecast. Check out the 7-day for a couple 30+ degree high temperatures!

-Joe

 

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on March 2, 2014