Old man winter has made himself pretty comfortable the past few days. High temperatures at the Rockford International Airport have only climbed to 22° on Monday, 25° yesterday. We did have a cool start to the morning as temperatures dropped into the teens with wind chills for a few in the single digits. If you are looking for a break from this bitterly cold stretch, look no further. Our next system that arrives today will not only bring warmer temperatures to the area, but also gusty winds.
Warm southerly to southwesterly air will be funneled in from gusty winds this afternoon. As the low of importance tracks closer to the Stateline, the pressure at the system will tighten up. This will cause winds to gust up to 30, even 35 mph at times which will push highs into the low 40s. Cloud cover will be a small hindrance to this afternoon’s warming. However, the biggest focus will remain the chance for some afternoon showers. This system seems to weaken a bit along with its “warm” front, so any afternoon/evening precipitation should remain light. Any chance for showers ends by the early evening. A cold front should slide in late tonight and weaken for Friday.