Could a warm Christmas in Rockford be a sneak preview of a mild winter?

Though I usually like a little snow on the ground for Christmas, I'm not going to complain about this weather. I'll take the 50's in December anytime.

What does that mean for winter in Rockford? Will it be a mild winter?

Don't get your hopes up, remember we live in Northern Illinois.

According to,

"If you look back at the last winter season, the answer is probably not. Many in the city will remember that following the above-average end to 2018 came a brutal polar vortex that sent temps plummeting well-below zero. Not to mention the April that followed was snowier than the entire month of December."

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