Mild Temperatures Continue…Late-week Storm System Likely

Areas of dense fog are likely this morning so make sure and leave a few extra minutes for your commute to work or school. The low-clouds will likely hang tough for much of the day, though a stray peak of sunshine is possible later this afternoon. Highs will continue to be mild with middle 40s expected.

Mild temperatures and quiet conditions weather-wise will last until Thursday. That’s when our next storm system will be gathering strength in the Midwest. Right now an area of low pressure will track into southern Iowa and then race northeast towards Michigan Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. We’ll likely remain on the warm side of this system keeping much of our precipitation rain. Some snow is possible on the backside but as of now accumulations look extremely light. This won’t be the only chance of snow this forecast period as another snow event is possible for Christmas eve.

Beyond Christmas confidence continues to grow in bitterly cold temperatures diving south out of Canada pushing our high temperatures well below normal. If this pattern verifies highs could very well struggle to get out of the single digits with overnight lows falling well below zero. This pattern would lock the cold in through at least New Years Day. Stay tuned!

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.