Gradual warming trend with heavy rain possible this weekend

The deep snow pack in place will continue to favor cold conditions for another couple of days before a warming trend begins by the end of the week.

Wind chills will be as low as a few degrees below zero this morning before some improvement arrives for the afternoon. Clouds will be on the increase throughout the day with highs in the middle 20s.

Thursday begins a warming trend that will send temperatures above freezing as southerly flow develops over the region. This could also spawn a few light snow showers for Thursday night, perhaps mixed with freezing rain at times. Right now no travel issues are expected as coverage will remain less than twenty percent.

By Friday some sunshine looks to return at times before more clouds arrive later in the day. Highs will return to the middle 30s.

We'll be watching the potential for another strong storm system to impact the area this weekend. Right now most guidance has this storm system staying to the west of the Sauk Valley which means we will mostly see rain, some of which could be heavy. Many models point to the potential of seeing anywhere between half an inch to more than an inch by Saturday night. Because of the snow on the ground, nearly all of this rain will runoff and could lead to flooding issues by early next week.

The storm could have a brief period of snow as it pulls away on Sunday. Right now accumulations look like, if any. We'll continue to monitor and have further updates as the week moves forward. Stay tuned!