Arctic air finally retreats next week

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Temperatures Saturday morning dropped well below zero with Rockford falling to -16 and Rock Falls falling to a brutal -24. Finally, there is some good news in the forecast for next week as it looks like these bitterly cold temperatures will be making a retreat back to where they belong.

Warmer temperatures will arrive by Sunday with highs reaching the upper 20s by the evening hours. We could see a few flurries in the pre-dawn hours followed by snow showers in the afternoon. No significant snow accumulations are expected but expect a few slick spots on area roads will be possible into Sunday evening.

Looking beyond into much of next week, this warmer pattern looks to establish itself at least through Thursday. A strong area of low pressure is currently forecast to develop in the plains by Wednesday, tracking just to the west of Rockford early Thursday. This will keep our area in the warm sector and send temperatures well into the 40s for both days. Rain will become likely Wednesday evening through Thursday with a few snow showers behind this system Thursday night.

Colder temperatures will arrive behind this system by next weekend. As of now, they won't be as cold as anything we've seen over the last week. Whew!