Wind Chill WARNING continues. Coldest New Year’s Day on Record!

A wind chill WARNING remains in place until noon Tuesday. Brutally cold temperatures are found this morning with current readings as of 8:30am around -15 to -16 and wind chills well below -30.

Today will likely be the coldest New Year’s Day on record with temperatures not expected to rise much above zero for a high. Here’s a look back at the previous record.

We will see some improvement in temperatures by Wednesday but it will be short-lived. A third round of arctic air will be blasting in by Thursday and Friday. Some signs of more significant warmth continue to be seen heading into next weekend, however, more colder air is expected to follow shortly behind that warmth.

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.