Last of the 40’s for 2016

Wednesday’s highs made it into the lower 40’s in many spots. Rockford managed 43°, and this was thanks to a strong southerly flow. Winds gusting up to 30 mph brought that extra warmth to the area. This is the second time this week that temperatures were in the 40’s. Besides this week, however, the only other time we saw 40° this December was on the 1st. The rest of the month has featured lots of snow and some bitterly cold temperatures. Today’s warmer temperatures will not hold up for the rest of the week. The average temperature for this time in December is 30°, and we’ll be near that again tomorrow and through the near year.

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Our winds aren’t settling tonight, but they are shifting. A cold front is passes through the area tonight, taking that warmth with it and leaving us with blustery conditions for Thursday.

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Behind this cold front is a steep pressure gradient. That will have us windy on Thursday, with WNW winds around 20-30 mph, gusting to 40 mph. Instead of southerly winds that help warm us up, these cold WNW winds will give a bite to the air. Temperatures will struggle to improve much throughout the afternoon, likely topping out in the lower 30’s. With those winds, however, it will feel like it’s in the teens. Bundle up and hold onto your hats folks!

-Viki

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This post was written by Viki Knapp on December 28, 2016

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