Winter Storm's Impacts to Continue into Early Saturday

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON

All things considered, the Stateline got through Friday's winter storm without too much damage. Generally, accumulations areawide checked in between 3 and 5 inches, though inevitably a few more would have been tallied were it not for the warm ground and the above freezing temperatures during the course of the event.

Friday's snowfall brings our seasonal total up to 24.1" in Rockford, still below normal, but all things considered, it's a much more respectable total than where we were just a few weeks ago! Many folks sent e-mails and Facebook messages to me asking if we had been seeing an unusual amount of snow on Fridays compared to any other days of the week. Not having a definite answer to that question, I went through every snow event we've had this winter, and found out that indeed was the case! Out of the 24.1" we've seen this winter, 56% of it has come on a Friday! Not necessarily useful information, but interesting nonetheless!

The impacts of Friday's system will be felt into Saturday morning on two fronts. First, there'll be a rather healthy wind out of the NW through the overnight hours, so there will be some blowing and drifting of the snow, especially in open areas and on secondary roadways. Secondly, as temperatures fall below freezing overnight, many road surfaces that have been wet through the event will glaze over and turn icy. This again will favor the untreated, rural roads along with bridges and overpasses. Caution is urged if driving though mid-morning Saturday!

Otherwise, despite a few snow showers and chilly temperatures, the weekend should be generally quiet, with strong warming to commence on Monday and reach full steam in the Tuesday-Wednesday time period, a time in which a 60° remains very much a possibility!


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