We've been talking about how warm its been this January, and in the previous post you can see how much warmer than average it's been this month. Through the end of last week and this weekend, we've had a long stretch of mild days.
Since January 19th, temperatures in Rockford have made it to or warmer than 40°. With today's forecast in the low 40's this would make five consecutive days at or above 40°. For Rockford, the last time that happened in the month of January was four years ago, the 7th-12th in 2013.
Another piece of good news, the sun sets tonight at 5pm. Spring is only 56 days away!