Coldest Weekend Since March Ahead…Hard Freeze Sunday Morning

Temperatures will be taking a giant dive downward today compared to our comfortable middle 60s we experienced yesterday. You may have noticed the wind picked up quite significantly early this morning now that a cold front has pushed through the region. This front is bringing with it another dump of cold air fresh from Canada. This will bring high temperatures near values that we haven’t seen since March. Brrr!

There won’t be much moisture for this storm system to work within our neck of the woods but a few light showers/sprinkles and even flurries can’t be ruled out as we head into the evening hours.  Winds will remain gusty throughout the day with highs only reaching into the low 40s. Wind chill values will likely remain in the 30s through much of the day.

This weekend doesn’t look any warmer with the coldest day being Saturday. This will set the stage for a hard freeze area-wide as we head into Sunday morning. Freeze warnings are likely going to be issued as lows head for the middle 20s. Even a few lower 20s will be quite possible.

A few peaks of sunshine will be back with us for Sunday but still quite a cold day expected with highs in the lower 40s. Halloween still looks chilly so a warmer costume wouldn’t be a bad idea. Temperatures will be in the lower 40s to upper 30s through Trick or Treating Tuesday evening and it does look dry.

No signs of any big warmth over the next week as our pattern remains locked in place. Small chances for precipitation here and there but currently no major storm systems expected.


Andrew Stutzke was born and raised in beautiful Sterling, Illinois. As a young child, he was continually fascinated by the weather, especially thunderstorms. Often times he could be found glued to the television watching The Weather Channel. Upon entering high school it was clear what his area of study would be once he started college. After graduating from Sterling High School in 2004, he attended Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois where he received his Associate of Science degree in 2010. In 2016 he received his B.S. in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University.

Andrew is currently the Friday and Saturday evening meteorologist at WIFR-TV in Rockford, IL.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys listening to the latest Alt-Rock and Indie music, storm spotting, walking the many paths around the area, and spending time with family.