Mother Nature is going through menopause. She's cold, then she's hot, and it will be a rollercoaster of weather changes through this weekend for parts of northern Illinois.

How much snow will Rockford get?

Snow showers are likely before 10 am in the Rockford region on Wednesday (3/29) with less than a half-inch of accumulation likely, according to the latest National Weather Service forecast.

Highs will be in the mid-30s on Wednesday and lows could drop into the upper teens on Wednesday night.

When will there be severe thunderstorms in Rockford?

On Thursday (3/30), there's a 20 percent chance of rain after 1 pm, according to the NWS, but overnight into Friday (3/31), severe thunderstorms could develop.

A​ potential outbreak of severe thunderstorms is possible late this week in the Plains, South and Midwest, including the threat for tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds and hail from Texas to the Mississippi Valley.

Chicago and Rockford are in the POSSIBLE range for Severe Thunderstorms this Friday and Friday night (3/31), according to the Weather Channel.

Late on Thursday into Friday morning, there's a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, some could be severe and spawn tornadoes, so make sure you're staying close to the radio for updates.

High temperatures will be in the mid 60's on Friday.

Another chance of snow on Friday night?

According to the current NWS forecast, there's an 80 percent chance of rain beginning Friday night, the last day of March, and then we could have more snow.

The National Weather Service isn't predicting any snow accumulation on Friday night, but whatever will get will melt with highs back into the mid-40s for Saturday (4/1) and near 60 on Sunday (4/2).

Could that be the last of the snow for 2023?

We think it might possibly be the last gasp of winter with a chance of flurries on Friday night, but beginning next week, we'll be in the lower to mid-60's, according to the National Weather Service.

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