After what has seemed to be a long and dreary stretch of cloudy days, the sunny skies Wednesday afternoon were definitely a treat. Despite the northwest wind, highs still managed to warm into the low to mid 40s. Skies will remain clear through the night with winds becoming light after Midnight.
Cloud cover will increase Thursday ahead of a cold front, but with limited moisture available in the atmosphere it will just be the cloud cover we see. High pressure will dominate our skies through the end of the week and start of the weekend. This means limited rain chances through Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon a few light showers will be possible, but nothing that looks too significant.
The dry weather has been much anticipated after a fairly wet Fall season. The month of November was dry, but excessive rainfall early in the year has lead to high soil moisture and local rivers still running high. Year to date precipitation for Rockford is 47.87 inches, and places us as the 4th wettest year of record so far, falling behind last year at this time with a little over 48 inches. The pattern doesn’t favor a lot of rain, but a much cooler air mass next week and a strong cold front will lead to rain and even some snow for the second week of December.