ROCKFORD (WREX) – Ice streaks are likely in the second half of Saturday as drizzle drizzles in. As it gets warmer, the air won’t rise above freezing, which leads to lots of icy spots.
The best area for a light ice glaze is south of US 20 and I-90. These areas are highlighted in the winter weather notice, which is valid from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Use extra caution when driving and walking as just enough ice may form to create a smooth situation.
Bridges, overpasses, untreated back roads, parking lots, and back roads are the most likely locations for an ice sheet. Give yourself plenty of space to stop and between the vehicles around you.
We get freezing rain and freezing drizzle when the air above us is warm enough for rain. On the surface, however, the air is just below freezing point that the rain freezes on contact. This creates the light layer of ice that you need to watch out for, even though the showers themselves are not made of ice.
The weather dries up quickly on Saturday evening and stays dry for the rest of the weekend. In fact, we may not see wet weather for a while as the next week will be dry. This is to keep the ice away from the streets after Saturday.