It sure felt like spring today across the Midwest and Great Lakes with highs ranging from the 50's to the 70's. This evening, temperatures are still very mild from the middle 40's in Rockford to the middle 60's in Lincoln, Nebraska. The southerly winds and sunshine are responsible for our unseasonably warm temperatures today. And, despite adding clouds on Sunday, spring-like weather is again expected behind strong southwesterly winds and some sunshine. In fact, we could see temperatures rise a few degrees above what they did today, especially if we squeeze out some morning and afternoon sunshine.
As of now, high temperatures look like they will approach the upper 50's yet again, and perhaps touch 60° in a few locations. To put this warmth into perspective, our record high temperature for February 28th is 61°, which was set all the way back in 1895! It is not out of the question that we could reach that number if we see more sun than what is currently expected. The warmth does not stop on Sunday despite a cold front swinging through during the afternoon, which will turn our winds more northerly. Those winds will usher in colder air for Sunday night as we drop to near 30°, but sunshine and westerly winds will warm us right back up into the lower 50's on Monday.
If we do indeed reach 50° on Monday, that would be the first 3-day stretch of 50-degree high temperatures since early December! However, a storm system will likely bring some light rain Monday evening, followed by some light snow Monday night and Tuesday. This could bring a light accumulation of snow, but more importantly, that system will knock our temperatures back down to winter levels to round out the week. In fact, one of the forecast models suggests single digits on a few mornings next week!
Old Man Winter is not done yet, and Mother Nature is here to assure the Stateline that it is still winter.