Rock County residents made it through a snowy New Year’s Day with few problems, but the area is in for some frigid temperatures in the coming week.

Snowplows were out across the county in full force Saturday as snow started piling up. The city of Janesville and other municipalities declared snow emergencies to allow for effective snow removal operations.

In Janesville, about 3 inches of snow was measured. In Delavan, 4.8 inches of snow was recorded. At the Rockford-Chicago International Airport, 4.8 inches of snow was recorded. By this time of the season, the area typically averages 7 to 10 inches of total snowfall.

The National Weather Service is forecasting mostly mild winter temperatures at the beginning of the week, but by midweek, they are expected to plunge below zero.

Monday will be sunny with high temperatures around 20 degrees with winds from the southwest at 5 to 15 mph. Lows Monday night will be around 12 degrees.

Tuesday will be partly sunny with highs in the lower 30s with south winds at 10 to 15 mph. Lows Tuesday night will be around 16 degrees. There is a 20% chance of snow Tuesday night.

Wednesday will bring a chance of light snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Highs will be in the lower 20s. Lows Wednesday night will be around 3 degrees. There is a 30% chance of precipitation Wednesday.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy and colder with highs around 11 degrees. Lows Thursday night will be around 8 degrees below zero.

Friday will be sunny with highs around 9 degrees. Lows Friday night will be around 2 below zero.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of light snow. High temperatures will be in the mid 20s. Lows Saturday night will be around 18 degrees.


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