Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wintry weather returns for the weekend and next week

Welcome to the New Year!  And even though it was cold, the weather cooperated for all those who were out celebrating.  Mother Nature may not have the same thing in mind for the weekend, though.

Low pressure that will bring snow to the southwest and freezing rain to Texas and Oklahoma will bring a wintry mix of weather Saturday and possibly accumulating snowfall Saturday night.  There are still many details that need to come together, but we're starting to get a little better picture of what could happen this weekend.

As it looks Thursday morning, early Saturday will start off dry but precipitation will begin to fall as early as 9am south of Rockford.  A mixture of snow and sleet will be possible during
the morning from Rockford on south and east with a little more mild air wrapping into the low.  Along and west of a line from Monroe to Freeport to Dixon could see mainly snow with temperatures remaining below freezing.  By midday Saturday, freezing rain could mix in with the snow and sleet before switching over to snow by Saturday evening.  Accumulating snow is possible and at this early of a glance, a few inches are likely.  Now should the low continue to track north over the Stateline Saturday, there
would be more of a threat for a mix than snowfall.

Winds will turn gusty Sunday as the snowfall tapers off with temperatures expected to drop into the single digits by Sunday afternoon.  There is another chance for accumulating snow Monday night and Tuesday of next week.

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