Don’t relax just because the temperature has been in the 50s the previous few days; another winter storm may be forming out west and is headed our way.
The Weather Channel’s current extended prediction calls for highs in the 50s over northern Illinois on Wednesday (3/1) before dropping into the upper 30s on Thursday ahead of a possible snow storm.
What Kind Of Snowfall Totals Can We Expect In Rockford From This Storm?
On Thursday night (3/2), the Weather Channel predicts a rain and snow mix for Rockford, followed by snow and wind on Friday, with possible snowfall totals of 3–5 inches.
The National Weather Service predicts snow will begin falling in Rockford about 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, and will last until sunrise on Friday, March 3. On Friday, precipitation of some form is probable throughout the day, and snow is possible (but unlikely) in the evening.
While Friday’s (3/3) high in Rockford is forecasted to be in the upper 30s, any snowfall won’t likely last long. During the weekend, temperatures in the Rockford area are forecast to rise back into the 40s.
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During This Upcoming Winter Storm, Will Chicago Receive Any Snow?
For the Chicago area, the current Weather Channel forecast calls for less than an inch of snow on Friday, suggesting that this storm will be more of a rainmaker.
According to the Weather Channel, low and middle 40s will return to Chicago on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
An area-wide flood watch has been issued for the Rockford area due to rising river levels.
A River Flood Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Rock River at Latham Park and Rockton, as well as the Pecatonica River close to Shirland.
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WATCH The 10 Costliest Climate And Weather Disasters In Recent History
Using data from the NOAA in 2021, Stacker rated the most expensive climatic disasters in terms of billions of dollars in total losses, adjusted for inflation (NOAA).
We begin with Hurricane Sally in the year 2020, which caused $7.3 billion in losses, and end with a horrific hurricane in 2005 that caused $170 billion in damages and killed at least 1,833 people.
Here are the 50 costliest natural disasters the United States has experienced in recent decades.
Number 50: Hurricane Sally; Total Cost (Adjusted For Inflation):
$7.3 billion; total deaths: 5; September 15, 2020 start date; September 17, 2020 end date; $7.3 billion; 5 lives lost; September 15–17, 2020 start/end dates; September 15–17, 2020 start/end dates; $
After Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama. The southern part of the state, particularly the Gulf Coast and the Florida Panhandle, took a direct hit from the hurricane in the Atlantic.
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Rank: #49 Hurricane Gustav
53 people lost their lives and the total cost was $7.4 billion (adjusted for inflation).
Dates: – August 31, 2008 – September 3, 2008
Before Hurricane Gustav made landfall in Louisiana on August 31, 2008, and raged until September 3, 2008, 1.9 million people fled their homes, setting a record for the state.
Damage from the hurricane’s powerful winds, storm surges, high tides, and flooding was felt across the Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Over 180 people were murdered and tens of thousands were made homeless in the Caribbean, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.