Brief burst of snows of snow possible Saturday, intense chill guaranteed
First sub-zero wind chills of the season on tap
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Just when you thought we had seen the coldest temperatures of this lengthy cold spell Friday, wait until you see what’s ahead Saturday.
Sure, Friday’s middle and upper 20s were no picnic, nor were the wind chills in the teens and single digits. Unfortunately, it’s likely that before Saturday comes to a close, we’ll have easily gone below both of those benchmarks.
Clouds overnight Friday should keep temperatures from bottoming out all that much. Still, we’ll wake up Saturday to temperatures in the middle teens and wind chills in the single digits.
A cold front’s approach and eventual passage Saturday will usher in even more changes, first in the form of snow showers, followed by yet another rapid downturn in both temperatures and wind chills.
Regarding the snow, it’s hardly a guarantee to occur, but if it does, it’d likely produce brief bursts of heavy snow along with dramatically reduced visibilities due to the gusty winds still in tow. It could produce near whiteout conditions for several minutes, much as was the case for a time Thursday. Still, accumulations, if any, are to be on the very, very low side.
Ahead of the front, winds are to realign to the southwest, albeit briefly, allowing temperatures to reach back into the middle 20s, and wind chills may briefly rise into the teens.
Behind the front, though, winds lock back in out of the northwest, and could gust as high as 40mph, sending both temperatures and wind chills crashing. By late afternoon or early evening, it’s likely at least one or two spots will already be seeing wind chills dropping below 0°.
As skies clear Saturday evening, temperatures will drop even more expeditiously, and wind chills will follow suit. By late Saturday evening, we’re all likely to see sub-zero wind chills, with one or two spots potentially going as low as -10°.
Now, for some positive news. Sunshine’s due back on Sunday, and winds are to return to the southwest, marking the arrival of at least some subtle relief. While not warm by any means, Sunday’s 36° high temperature underneath sunny skies will undoubtedly feel quite nice.
More substantial warming gets underway Monday as temperatures appear to be ticketed for the 40s, and 50s could be possible as early as Tuesday.
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