Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
High temperatures Monday afternoon failed to make it out of the 30s, with Rockford's high only reaching 37 degrees. That wasn't the coldest high temperature, though. Freeport's high temperature remained in the low 30s! That's more typical for mid-Winter than mid-Fall!
This late November/early December chill was not only the coldest day we've felt since March, but also the coldest day we've felt in Rockford on record. The record cold high temperature for October 26th was 38 degrees, set back in 1942. Today's high of 37 degrees broke that record cold high temperature for today.
Light snow came down late Sunday night and through much of Monday morning. It didn't amount to much - a dusting up to a couple tenths of an inch - but the lasting cloud cover really helped to keep temperatures down for much of the afternoon.
A strong area of high pressure moving down the central Plains has pushed the more 'winter-like' air mass southward. Winter Storm Warnings, Winter Weather Advisories and even Ice Storm Warnings have all been issued for the far southern Plains stretching from Texas to New Mexico and up through Missouri.
Our wintry precipitation we had Monday morning will be it for us this week as temperatures begin their slow climb. Highs Tuesday will still remain below average, but should be warmer than Monday. The day will start out with plenty of cloud cover, but skies should slowly begin to clear through the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies will be seen Wednesday with highs back in the low 50s. We will see the numbers dip again for Thursday and Friday as another cold front moves through, bringing a few light rain showers to the area through the afternoon. By the weekend, temperatures should be well on their way into the mid, possibly upper, 50s by Halloween. Another cold front may bring temperatures down a little for the start of November, but the warming trend should continue for at least the first few days of the new month.
Snow chances, although much more scattered in nature, will continue into the noon hour. As temperatures gradually warm further from the freezing mark, snow could mix with light rain at times. Once today's precipitation chances fully comes to a close,
cloudy skies stick around through the remainder of your Monday. Highs will once again end up unseasonably cold, with most topping out in the upper 30s to lower 40s, which is more typical of
late-November. If you plan on going to the Festival of Freights from 6PM-8PM at Sinnissippi Park, better grab a jacket as temperatures will fall into the 30s. Hi-res models have been hinting at a few breaks in the clouds by this evening. But as high pressure draws closer, we'll have a better chance to see clouds clear out on Tuesday.
Despite sunny skies on Tuesday, highs will remain in the low 40s. However, that doesn't tell the tale as we inch closer towards Halloween. By the middle of the work week, our surface winds will shift to the southwest, allowing
temperatures Wednesday afternoon to climb into the low 50s. If you need to catch up on some yard work, or if you plan on talking a nice stroll at a forest preserved, both Tuesday and Wednesday feature great weather for both activities. We can expected a bit more cloud cover to arrive on Thursday, as a cold front swings in early in the day. Despite the cold front shifting our winds to the northeast, highs for Thursday and Friday remain in the low 50s.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Skies were cloudy for much of Sunday afternoon with temperatures only warming in the upper 30s and low 40s. Skies have been dry for southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, but light snow has been falling to the north of Madison. As colder air continues to move south Sunday night, temperatures will continue to fall near and below freezing by Monday morning.
Light and scattered showers are possible through Midnight with the rain then mixing with, or completely changing over to, snow by Monday morning. Any snow that does come down will be light and most likely scattered. There is quite a bit of dry air over much of the area thanks to breezy northeast winds. The dry air will remain in place through Monday morning limiting the amount of precipitation we see during that time.
A light dusting, up to a few tenths of an inch, of snow is possible but will remain mostly on grassy surfaces. Road temperatures are still above freezing so limited impact, if any, should be experienced for the morning commute. Skies will stay cloudy through Monday afternoon. Highs will once again make it into the upper 30s and low 40s.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
As this system approaches the region, cloud cover will increase overnight. Thankfully, we'll remain dry as most of the action remains to our west. But chilly temps will be felt by daybreak, as overnight lows drop back down into the low to mid 30s. Similar to today, cloudy skies and a chilly northeast breeze will hold highs in the mid to upper 40s. A majority of the daylight hours on Sunday will be dry, with model guidance holding off rain chances until late in the evening. The atmosphere, especially in the mid-levels is going to remain exceptionally dry. Meaning, rain is going to be difficult to come by throughout the day. So that shouldn't put a damper on any plans you have for the end of the weekend.
With that being said, I would plan on giving yourself extra time as you prepare to head out the door Monday morning. The area of high pressure that is currently over the Upper Midwest, will continue help pull in cold air from the northeast. This will bring at least some potential for
a few snow showers before sunrise Monday morning. Now, we aren't talking about a lot of snow. There is still some uncertainty regarding how heavy precipitation will be with this system, but there we're not ruling out the possibility of some areas picking up a dusting to a quick inch. Especially on grassy surfaces. Models continue to show this system moving out by mid-day, allowing drier conditions to filter in. We may even see a few breaks in the clouds by Monday evening.
Friday, October 23, 2020
Following Friday's wet start, our region looks to remain dry under a mostly cloudy sky. However, after temperatures tumbled this morning, highs later on today will struggle to make it out of the mid to upper 40s. Which, if you take into account how warm we were late in the day on Thursday, is going to feel significantly colder. Not only will the cloud cover help keep temperatures cold, but we'll also have that chilly northwesterly wind stick around throughout the day. Winds at times could gust up to 25-30 mph, with the strongest winds being felt between 12PM and 4PM. Fortunately, winds won't be a bother overnight, as breezy conditions look to stick around for just the evening hours. With that being said, this might make for a bumpy drive home, especially if you're going to be traveling along east and west roadways. So be sure to take extra caution by keeping a firm grip on your steering wheel.
Thursday, October 22, 2020