Relatively mild weekend on tap along with a more active pattern

Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 7:22 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Another day with highs in the 50s for Rockford is behind us and the mild conditions will continue. Although starting on Saturday, we will be cooling down gradually there will be portions of the weekend will it’ll still be nice to spend outside. However, get ready for more busy times ahead with rain, freezing rain and even some snowy times in the forecast.

Hard to believe that there are portions of Hawaii that this weekend will see blizzard conditions. The group of islands observes its first winter weather headlines head of Rockford. That is indeed a rare occasion! The National Weather Service is forecasting up to a foot of snow or more with winds gusting up to 100 miles per hour through the weekend for the Big Island summits.

The weather service is forecasting up to a foot of snow or more with winds gusting up to 100...
The weather service is forecasting up to a foot of snow or more with winds gusting up to 100 mph through the weekend for the Big Island summits.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

For us, expect mostly sunny skies on Saturday with seasonably mild temperatures in the lower 40s. Luckily, winds will be on the lighter side Saturday before changes begin on Sunday.

Saturday brings a cooler but still seasonably mild day with plenty of daytime sun.
Saturday brings a cooler but still seasonably mild day with plenty of daytime sun.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

The next weather system will arrive at that time. Beginning Sunday morning, a mixture of freezing rain and a few snowflakes is possible before temperatures get above freezing and turn to purely rain by midday Sunday. This will all be ahead of a strong cold front that’ll move through the Stateline in the evening. So if you have any outdoor plans or need to do any chores outside, Saturday by far is the day to do so.

An approaching cold front will give us a mix of rain/snow and maybe freezing rain at times...
An approaching cold front will give us a mix of rain/snow and maybe freezing rain at times before quickly turning to all rain for Sunday.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

The rain will end on Sunday night and the cold front will leave behind very gusty winds for overnight and into Monday. The westerly winds on Monday will give us most likely the coldest day of the season so far. Highs Monday will struggle to reach 30 degrees. With the winds, wind chills in the single digits to near zero are possible in a few locales Monday morning. But on the bright side, skies will be mainly sunny on Monday but bundle up big time if you need to go outside.

Gusty westerly winds on Monday will make it feel quite chilly out there with wind chills likely...
Gusty westerly winds on Monday will make it feel quite chilly out there with wind chills likely in the single digits at times.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

Then a chance for some light snow still is in the forecast for Tuesday. There are still many disagreements in the forecast in terms of timing, how much snow and more. But for now, the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of snow showers on Tuesday. More than likely, you should plan on this being the first accumulating snow of the season for the Stateline.

Snowfall is still forecast for Tuesday, which still has the potential to be our first...
Snowfall is still forecast for Tuesday, which still has the potential to be our first accumulating snow of the season.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

Our temperatures Monday through Wednesday will be below normal before getting back to slightly above normal conditions by the end of next week. The pattern overall, however, looks to be more active even after Sunday’s rain cocktail and Tuesday’s snow chance. There is a chance for a rain or snow shower on Thursday before potentially another system next weekend.

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