Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Mild Weather Continues

The official high today at the Rockford International Airport was 43 degrees. This makes it the 6th day in a row that our high temperatures reached 40 degrees or above. That's mighty impressive for December standards, especially when the normal high for this time of the year is closer to 33 degrees.

As we take a look at the next few days, we still have two more days of this mild weather pattern with high's in the low 40's before December makes an appearance right before the weekend. Temperatures will cool down closer to seasonable with high's in the low to mid 30's throughout the weekend.

Then we should expect a slight increase in temperatures for the start of next week leading up into Christmas. For Christmas Day, expect mostly cloudy skies with a high of 37 degrees. That is just a few degrees above the normal high of 31 degrees. And sadly, the chance of us seeing a white Christmas in the Stateline region are very slim. If we do experience any precipitation in the next week, it will likely be in the form of rain.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Above Average

We have seen high temperatures top out in the 40s over the last four days. Thursday was the first 40° day this month, and Saturday we nearly hit 50°. Highs today should come close to 40° today and remain in the lower 40s the next few days.

The chances for a white Christmas are not looking good. The above average temperatures of the last few days look to continue into the end of the year. The Climate Prediction Center's 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook puts much of the central and eastern U.S. in warmer than normal conditions from December 24-30.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Weather Stays Quiet into Next Week

Temperatures today were well above what we usually would expect for this time of the year. Our high temperature in Rockford reached 49 degrees, which is 16 degrees higher than our normal high of 33 degrees.

We currently have high pressure overhead which brought abundant sunshine to the state line region throughout the day on Saturday. That high pressure looks to settle in for the next couple of days and bring nice weather to the viewing area into Tuesday. Weather for tonight looks quiet as we will have mostly clear skies with temperatures in the mid 20's.

A cold front will pass through late tomorrow morning which will cool temperatures down into the upper 30's on Monday. But temperatures look to bounce back heading into Wednesday with high's in the low 40's. Although that sounds nice, that also comes with a chance for some light rain later on in the day on Wednesday. But up until then, the weather seems quiet as this high pressure will continue to bring sunshine to the area into the middle of next week!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Dense Fog Advisory

It's been a very foggy day out there as visibilities are continuing to deteriorate across much of the viewing area. A dense fog advisory has been issued for Carrol and Whitesidecounties until 9 PM this evening. A dense fog advisory has also been issued for Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Ogle, Lee, and Dekalb counties until 4 AM tomorrow morning.

With this fog being so dense, this will contribute to visibilities being as low as a quarter of a mile or less in some areas. Temperatures right now have dropped into the low 30's for areas underneath this dense fog layer. Places to our northwest, however, such as Galena and Monroe are a bit warmer as the fog up there has dissipated.

Take it slow on the roads and be sure to give yourself extra time on the commute Saturday morning. How quick the fog evaporates tomorrow morning will have an impact on just how warm temperatures will be Saturday afternoon.  The longer the fog sticks around, the cooler the temperatures will likely be across the viewing area.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wintry Weather Wednesday

We had a little bit of wintry weather this morning. Much of the precipitation stayed off to our north over portions of central and southern Wisconsin. Some light rain showers likely tomorrow afternoon and evening. After that, low 40s are the story Friday and into the weekend.

Take a look at this picture from outside of our studios as the light snow/wintry mix was coming down this morning. Not much of the light snow/wintry mix was sticking to the ground.
Like I mentioned, low 40s are the story Friday and into the weekend. With that said, you will only need a tall peppermint mocha during the weekend. As we go into early next week, we keep highs slightly above average.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

UPDATE: Winter Weather Wednesday

1:15pm UPDATE: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the entire viewing area from 3am - noon Wednesday (tomorrow).

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll & Whiteside counties from 3am - noon Wednesday. Expect mixed precipitation to move into the area after midnight, and then will transition to light snow as we go into the morning commute.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Freezing Fog & Hoar Frost

Dense fog overnight has lingered into the morning hours throughout the Stateline. This has created difficult driving conditions as visibilities less than half a mile.

A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 12pm due to the foggy conditions and reduced visibilities. The Dense Fog Advisory has not been cancelled for all but Lee County. With temperatures in the teens and foggy conditions, freezing fog is likely. Take it slow an allow extra time because there will be some slick spots.

 Here is a prime example of freezing fog. The supercooled water droplets waiting to attach to a surface that they can freeze to. Whether that's the roadway, sidewalk, parking lot... or in this case, my truck.

After this weekend's snow storm, 46.7% of the United States is covered in snow. This is the most on this date since 2013.

Portions of the North Carolina mountains picked up nearly 2' of snow over the weekend. These pictures are from Wilson, NC where they picked up 4" of snow as of Sunday morning.

The 8-14 day temperature outlook shows the warmer than normal conditions continuing throughout a large majority of the county.