Mild Weekend…Big Pattern Change Next Week

This will be LAST CALL for one of our more comfortable weekends for awhile as a well advertised pattern change lies ahead of us for next week.

This weekend southerly flow will continue to dominate our pattern keeping mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures over the area. Friday through Sunday will continue to feature temperatures in the 50s.

By early next week a powerful jet stream will begin to organize leading to an area of low pressure forming along a strong incoming cold front. This will send temperatures into the lower 60s Monday with chances for showers and even a few thunderstorms.


Once the front passes by Tuesday temperatures will begin their quick decline into the 30s and eventually 20s. The pattern continues to look relatively dry behind the early week system, but we certainly can’t rule out a few light snow showers by Thursday. Thankfully the amount of snow pack on the ground north of the area remains low, which will help moderate this occasional cold air outbreaks a bit until that snow pack becomes more established.

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.