ROCKFORD (WREX) — Saturday could see some of the best snowfall in our short winter so far, meaning slippery and snowy conditions all day.
Winter weather reports begin Saturday morning for most of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. This highlights where several inches of snow were seen. The exceptions are Lee County and the South. These areas experience less snowfall and less impact.
Snow showers clear after 9am and remain stable for the rest of the day. The snow showers may stop around midnight on Saturday night.
Snow can fall heavily in the afternoon. Snow rates of 1/2 inch to 1 inch per hour are possible. This means that snow can accumulate quickly and road conditions can change suddenly. If you have to travel somewhere, drive very carefully.
Three to six inches is predicted for points north of I-88. Near and south of I-88, the amount of snow can drop sharply. For example, it can be inches from nothing in Lee County. It may rain or freeze in these places.
You may still see this sharp cutoff area moving north or south. Stay tuned for updates until Saturday as we track where the heavier snow bands line up.
When the snow stops, the Arctic air calms down. Temperatures will drop below 20 degrees for him on Sunday, with temperatures likely to stay below 10 degrees until late next week. Wind chill will likely stay below zero and can reach -20° at times.