Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween snow

Sharron White
UPDATE: Officially recorded at the airport this morning was 0.1" of snow, making it the earliest measurable snowfall of the season.  On average, Rockford receives it's first measurable snowfall around November 29th.

No, your eyes weren't playing tricks on you this morning.  Strong low pressure sliding through Wisconsin this morning brought a quick burst of snow with minor accumulations on grassy surfaces.  The snow will fade by 8am, but the wind and chills will stick through tonight.

Here are your Halloween snow photos you sent in this morning.  Thank you!  If you have any pictures, send them to:

Sandy Nealon
Yolanda McCarty Moline
Natasha McDonough

Sharron White

Ron Behling

Jane Bowen
Loves Park
Amy Pedicini

Susan Haas
Shirland, IL
Woody Mott

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stateline Trick-or-Treat times and forecast

Mom and dad you may want to rethink some of those Halloween costumes Friday, or at least put some long underwear on underneath for the kiddos.  It's going to be cold at the start and even colder at the end of trick-or-treating.  Temperatures around 4pm will range from the upper 30's to low 40's with wind chills right around 30 degrees.  By the time trick-or-treating ends, temperatures will have fallen into the low 30's, but the wind chills will be in the md-20's.

Here are the trick-or-treating times for your town:

Beloit: 5pm to 7pm
Belvidere: 4pm to 8pm
Byron: 5pm to 8pm
Caledonia: 5pm to 8pm
Capron: 4pm to 7pm
Cedarville: 4pm to 7pm
Cherry Valley: 5pm to 8pm
Davis: 5pm to 8pm
Davis Junction: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
DeKalb: 4pm to 8pm
Dixon: 5pm to 7:30pm
Durand: 5pm to 8pm
Freeport: 5pm to 7pm
Harvard: 4pm to 7pm
Janesville: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Lake Summerset: 5pm to 8pm
Lena: 5pm to 7pm
Loves Park: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Machesney Park: 4pm to 7pm
Mt. Morris: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
New Milford: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Orangeville: 5pm to 7pm
Oregon: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Pecatonica: 5:30pm to 8pm
Polo: 5pm to 8pm
Poplar Grove: 4pm to 7pm
Rochelle: 5pm to 8pm
Rock City: 5pm to 7pm
Rockford: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Rockton: 5pm to 8pm
Roscoe: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
South Beloit: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Sycamore: 4pm to 8pm
Timberlane: 5pm to 8pm
Winnebago: 5pm to 8pm
Winslow: 5pm to 7:30pm

Strong winds Friday to give way to some of the coldest air so far this season

Low pressure still in central Canada Thursday morning will slide south down the western Great Lakes tonight pushing a strong cold front through right around midnight.  As it does, temperatures will quickly drop into the low 30's with north winds gusting close to 30 mph by daybreak Friday.  This means wind chills by Friday morning will be in the 20's. 

North winds will gust between 35-40 mph during the afternoon Friday, with winds sustained right around 25 mph.  Unfortunately, those strong winds will win out over any sunshine we're able to see keeping temperatures in the low 40's and wind chills in the upper 20's/low 30's during the afternoon.  Winds will ease some after 6pm, but the temperature will tumble into the 20's during the overnight.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

All tricks, no treats this Halloween

It could be one of the coldest Halloween days we've felt in years on Friday!  Mother Nature will be giving us few treats this year as cold air is set to dislodge itself from central Canada.  The average high for the 31st of October is 56°, but this year temperatures will be running 10°- 15° below that.  You have to look all the way back to the Halloween of 2009 to find temperatures in the 40's.  The high that day was 46°.  If we fail to reach 46° Friday afternoon, this Halloween would be the coldest in Rockford in 12 years!  It was 2002 that the high only reached 41°.  That's a long time!  Right now, we're forecasting a high of 45°.

Feeling the chill

CAA, otherwise known as  Cold Air Advection, is what you're feeling outside this morning.  Temperatures today will be 20-25 degrees colder than they were Monday when the mercury climbed into the upper 70's!  This is because a strong cold front came through around Midnight shifting winds around to the west.  Even if we see sunshine today, the colder air filtering in will hold temperatures in the 50's for the afternoon.  Skies will continue to clear tonight with overnight lows dropping into the upper 30's.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Impressive Warmth Giving Way To Cold

We didn't see record temperatures Monday, but the warmth was still something to enjoy. Rockford had an official high of 78°. The last time we saw this kind of heat this late in October was all the way back in 1971.

A cold front Monday night will start a cooldown that will last the rest of the week. Starting Tuesday and continuing through the rest of the week, temperatures are forecast to be below normal.

Halloween will be the coldest day of the forecast this week. Afternoon highs will only be in the mid 40s with Friday night lows in the upper 20s. If you're going to be out Trick or Treating, layer up and stay warm! -BA

Don't get used to it. Temperatures dropping after today

Temperatures this morning were already near our average highs with a few locations touching close to 60° before 9am!  With a strong south wind, highs will climb into the middle and upper 70's this afternoon rounding off what was a beautiful weekend.  With that strong wind, some have a shot of reaching close to 80° along I-88!  For the record, our record high in Rockford is 84° set back in 1927.  I don't think we'll get that warm, but it will be warm enough.  Don't get too used to it, however, because the first of two strong cold fronts is set to sweep through this evening bringing us back down to reality by Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The front will also bring with it a few showers and embedded thunderstorms this evening and overnight.  Temperatures this evening will hold in the 60's until the front passes and then fall into the upper 40's/low 50's by Tuesday morning.  A gusty west wind during the afternoon won't cool us off too much, but we'll be a good 20 degrees colder during the afternoon than what we'll be today.  A second cold front is set to slide down the Great Lakes Friday morning pushing the mercury even further down with highs staying in the 40's.  Even though we'll be falling back below average, temperatures in the low 50's and upper 40's are actually closer to our average high than the forecast middle 70's for this afternoon.  Just to put things into perspective.