Blizzard Conditions Overnight

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson & Whiteside County overnight. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the rest of our area.  We will all deal with blizzard-like conditions through early Monday morning.  The worst of it will occur now through about 3am.

Winter Weather Alerts: Blizzard conditions area-wide

Winter Weather Alerts: Blizzard conditions area-wide

Winds have become increasingly stronger throughout the evening.  West northwest winds will be sustained between 25 and 35mph with wind gusts approaching 50mph.  Blowing and drifting with whiteout conditions are likely area-wide, with the worst being on rural roads and in open areas.

Avoid Travel Overnight

Avoid Travel Overnight

Avoid travel overnight. Numerous roads are shut down. Many cars are in ditches. Temperatures will fall below zero after midnight and wind chills will plummet to 30 below by sunrise; you do not want to be stranded in these conditions.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on January 26, 2014

Keeps Adding Up

A quick-moving Alberta Clipper system pushed through the area during the predawn hours of Sunday.  Between midnight and 6am, Rockford’s official climate site at Chicago Rockford International Airport observed 2.5 inches of snow.  A handful of reports from weather observers across the area fell within the 2 to 4 inch range with this latest round of snowfall.

Local Snowfall Totals as of 8am Sunday

Local Snowfall Totals as of 8am Sunday

So far for the month of January, Rockford has received 14.3 inches of snow, which is 5.7 inches more than normal.  Rockford’s seasonal total is up to 33.0 inches.  We are now 11.3 inches—almost one foot—snowier than normal through January 26th! Meteorological winter (December, January, February) averages 29.2 inches for the entire season….and we’ve already surpassed that!

A few light snow showers are possible for the rest of Sunday, especially when the cold front pushes through during the late afternoon and early evening hours.  Minor additional accumulations are possible.

Sunday Night through Monday Morning

Sunday Night through Monday Morning

The main concern will be blowing and drifting snow late Sunday, Sunday night, and Monday morning.  A light south wind will become west-northwesterly late Sunday morning as wind speeds gradually increase to 10-20mph.  By this evening, wind speeds will increase to 20-30mph with gusts to 40mph.  Near-blizzard and whiteout conditions will cause treacherous travel overnight, especially on north-south roads in open areas.

-Joe

EDIT: Additional / New Snowfall Reports

  • Loran – 4.0″
  • Whitewater – 4.0″
  • Lake Geneva – 3.4″
  • Freeport (Willow Lake) – 3.0″
  • Rockton – 3.0″
  • Janesville – 2.9″
  • Spring Grove – 2.9″
  • Dixon – 2.8″
  • Genoa – 2.8″
  • Rockford (Northeast) – 2.8″
  • Byron – 2.7″
  • Mendota – 2.5″
  • Morrison – 2.5″
  • Rockford (Northwest) – 2.5″
  • Rock Falls – 2.4″
  • Roscoe – 2.4″
  • DeKalb – 2.2″
  • Polo – 2.2″
  • Ashton – 2.0″
  • Paw Paw – 2.0″
  • Shannon – 2.0″
  • Malta – 1.9″
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This post was written by qni_it on January 26, 2014

Snow, Wind & Cold

Another round of snow will blanket the Stateline after midnight. The bulk of the accumulating snow will occur between 2AM and 8AM Sunday morning.  Roads will quickly deteriorate shortly after the snow begins; snow could be heavy at times with reduced visibility.  Totals will generally range from 2 to 4 inches, with perhaps a bit more in isolated spots.

Headlines

Headlines

Steady snow early Sunday morning will transition to scattered light snow showers for Sunday afternoon and evening.  A cold front will blast through late Sunday afternoon or early evening, setting the stage for gusty wind (up to 40mph), bitterly cold temperatures, and life-threatening wind chills.  Near-blizzard conditions are expected for Sunday night and Monday morning making for treacherous travel.

Snowfall Through Noon Sunday

FutureTrack Snowfall Through Noon Sunday

Then comes the frostbite weather.  Temperatures will fall below zero by Monday morning and stay there through Wednesday morning. Wind chill values will be dangerously cold…..30 to 40 below zero at times.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on January 25, 2014

Dangerous Wind Chills Tonight

A wind chill advisory will be in effect across the Stateline from tonight at 9pm through tomorrow at noon. advisoryOvernight low temperatures will drop into the negative single digits as the wind increases. Wind chills as cold as -25° are likely late tonight into tomorrow morning. The early signs of frostbite can settle in within the first 10-30 minutes of direct exposure to temperatures this cold. Layer up and please watch our for your pets and animals! – Gregsmorn

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This post was written by qni_it on January 22, 2014

Frostbite Weather

Dangerous—even life-threatening—cold temperatures and wind chills will keep the Stateline area in the deep freeze through Wednesday morning.  Not only will a gusty north-northwest wind cause blowing and drifting snow in open and rural areas, it will cause our wind chill values to be extremely cold.

Wind Chill Warning

Wind Chill Warning

Our general wind speed will be between 15 and 25mph with gusts up to 35mph now through Monday evening. From Monday night through Tuesday evening, winds will lessen to 10 to 20mph with a few higher gusts.  Air temperatures will bottom out around 20 below zero Monday morning and only rise to near 13 below zero by afternoon.  Temperatures will likely stay below zero for most of us all day Tuesday and not return to the positive side until late Wednesday morning.

Our forecast air temperature and wind speed will allow for wind chill values between 45 and 30 below zero through Tuesday night.  The coldest readings will occur overnight and Monday.

FutureTrack Wind Chill

FutureTrack Wind Chill

What does this mean? Frostbite might occur if you are outdoors with exposed skin in as little as 10 to 30 minutes.  It is best to stay indoors. If you must be outdoors take extra precautions. Wear extra layers of clothing. Have that winter preparedness kit in your vehicle.  And don’t forget about our four-legged friends. Animals can get frostbite too.

Wind Chill Chart

Wind Chill Chart

Stay safe and warm!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on January 5, 2014

Below Zero Feel

Even though our air temperature will generally remain in the balmy (sarcasm, noted) teens, our wind chill will make things feel downright frigid over the next couple of days.  Tonight’s low temperature will dip down to 10 degrees, with some single digits in far northwest Illinois thanks to thinning cloudcover.  Factor in a northwest wind, sustained between 5 and 15 miles per hour, and our wind chill will fall below zero from time to time.

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Friday and Saturday’s highs will struggle to reach 20 degrees—colder than today.  Overnight lows will fall into the single digits.  Wind chill values will range between 10 below and 10 above during this timeframe.  Have those kids bundled up for school tomorrow!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on December 5, 2013

Light Snow on Monday

Light snow showers will develop in eastern Iowa before sunrise on Monday. The snow showers will continue to develop and push east into northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin throughout the morning.  Even though this system is very limited with moisture, minor snow accumulations are likely.  Precipitation estimates remain below one-tenth of an inch.  The result will be light coating of snow, perhaps up to an inch in spots.  South of Interstate 88 may only see a dusting.

The intensity of the snow will be light, but a quick burst of moderate snow is not out of the question.  With a brisk southwest wind—sustained between 10 and 20mph and gusting up to 30mph—there may be some short-lived visibility issues.  Also with gusty wind comes the concern of blowing snow.  Although the accumulations will be minor, blowing snow may cause icy patches on some roads.  High temperatures will reach the lower 30s by Monday afternoon while any lingering snow showers should clear the area by then, if not sooner.  Patchy (freezing) drizzle may develop late afternoon and early evening in advance of an approaching cold front.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on November 24, 2013

Wind Advisory

A Wind Advisory is in effect for parts of the area.  DeKalb and Lee County will have an advisory in effect from 10am until 8pm Sunday.  Whiteside County will have an advisory from 10am until 6pm Sunday. 

WIND

Strong southerly wind sustained between 20 and 30mph will affect the entire WREX viewing area Saturday night for the first half of Sunday.  Some gusts could exceed 40mph! By late morning/early afternoon Sunday, a strong cold front will blast through the area—bringing the threat for a few stronger storms—and switch our wind from southerly to westerly.  The gusts will continue through Sunday evening. 

Wind Advisories will likely be dropped for Sunday night, but blustery conditions will stick around through Monday. 

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on November 16, 2013

Wind-whipped Weekend

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Friday Night Update – Hey guys, hold onto your hats. And ladies, there’s a “Skirt Alert” in effect! Wind speeds will stay tolerable through Saturday evening. Through the overnight into Sunday, some wind gusts could exceed 40mph! Tack a little more produced by a thunderstorm and we could have severe wind gusts. We’ll watch for that possibility Sunday. The severe threat will exist from very early in the morning through about noon when the cold front comes through. -Eric4 CaptureFriday Afternoon – The next three days will bring us wind, rain, warmth and eventually cold temperatures. The first variable that will enter the forecast is the increasing wind. Gusts on Friday will stay around 20mph. The wind will steadily increase until the front comes through Sunday. Once that occurs, the wind will die down significantly. Unfortunately, the temperatures will do the same! -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on November 15, 2013

Wind Chill Values to Plummet

Our first taste of cold air this season will arrive Monday morning.  During the mid-morning hours, an Arctic cold front will dive through the Stateline area. Scattered rain showers with mix with and change to scattered snow showers and linger until early afternoon.

Monday Hour-by-Hour

Monday Hour-by-Hour

A noticeable wind shift will occur behind the cold front. Westerly winds will turn northerly and increase to 15 to 25mph with a few gusts around 30mph.  As temperatures fall into the upper 20s by the afternoon, wind chill values will dip into the upper teens.  The stiff northerly breeze will decrease just a bit on Monday night to 10-20mph. As air temperatures plunge to near 20 degrees overnight, wind chill values will drop to near 10 degrees at times!

Daytime Wind Chill

Daytime Wind Chill

Get ready for the chill!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on November 10, 2013