Turning Sharply Colder This Weekend

Temperatures will be on the move today as a new storm system takes aim on the area. Cloudy skies can be expected with areas of drizzle possible during the morning hours. This drizzle will transition over to light rain by the afternoon and by evening a few embedded thunderstorms will be likely. No severe weather is expected but if you are heading out for any of the holiday activities downtown make sure and bring your rain gear! Temperatures will slowly rise towards 50 during the evening.

The heaviest precipitation is likely to fall in the evening before tapering off overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.

A strong cold front will push through on Saturday switching winds to the northwest and increasing gusts by the afternoon. Temperatures will quickly fall into the 40s and eventually 30s by the early afternoon with some light rain still lingering. This rain could switch over to a period of moderate snow before ending early Saturday afternoon. No accumulation is expected. Much colder temperatures arrive Sunday but we do manage to do a quick turnaround back into the 50s by Monday. Much of next week looks quiet.


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.