Hard Freeze Likely This Week, A Few Flakes Possible

Get ready to go on quite the temperature roller coaster this week as the season’s first significant push of colder air is set to hit the area not once, but twice!

Mostly cloudy skies will continue today with a few light showers/sprinkles possible on and off. Better chances for more widespread showers will arrive later this evening as a piece of energy pivots around an area of low pressure in the Great Lakes region.

As you can see we experience a significantly cooler day on Tuesday with rain likely throughout the day. Temperatures will be held in the 40s throughout the day. A briefly warmer period is expected Wednesday into Thursday ahead of another powerful cold front that will significantly reduce our temperatures heading into next weekend. That is when a hard freeze is expected to occur (likely Saturday evening) and even a few isolated snow flurries will be possible on Friday. Thankfully, no accumulations expected.

This push of cold air will extend all the way down to Georgia and Alabama and as far east as New York by this upcoming weekend.

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.