Say goodbye to the 20's and hello to the 40's and 50's as this weekend comes around. The only hurdle we'll get over is Friday evening, as temperatures get into the teens for lows. Wind chills will be near zero at times and in spots, below that. However, this will be short-lived as a change in our weather pattern arrives this weekend.
A wind shift on Saturday will bring some warmer air into the region. Winds out of the Southwest throughout the day will keep our skies clear of any clouds with wall-to-wall sunshine expected. High temperatures Saturday also are expected to get back to near normal levels, with highs near 40° expected for the last day of February 2020.
Our days so far this year overall have been milder, with January 2020's normal temperatures being 6.8° above normal February 2020 being around 1° above normal. We've has 9 days with high temperatures of 40° or above and 3 days so far with temperatures of 50° or above. We'll be adding to all of these numbers as we go through the weekend.
After we have a seasonable day on Saturday, our temperatures look to skyrocket well into the 50's on Sunday. While we will have a few more clouds in our skies, a few spots south of Rockford could flirt with 60° for a high temperature. If this were to occur, this would be a bit earlier than usual as the first 60° day doesn't usually come until around March 10.
Going beyond the weekend, yes our temperatures will get a bit cooler into the work week. But they will still be a bit mild compared to normal with forecast high temperatures Monday through Friday in the mid-to-upper 40's. Most of this week will be dry too with the exception of some rain and isolated snow shower chances on Wednesday and Thursday.
Even beyond this week, temperatures remain above normal into next weekend and well into March. The latest outlook from the Climate Prediction Center giving our region between a 50-60% chance of having above normal temperatures going through March 13.
This means that in our immediate forecast, there are no big snowfalls or any below normal temperatures. Enjoy the mild this weekend with the really warm temperatures Sunday!