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Mild weather holds on as much colder air looms

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Temperatures will stay steady and above average for several more days. By next week, however, the air may have an Arctic feel to it.

Despite being well above average, the weather still has a chilly feel to it. Tonight maintains that feel with temperatures in the upper 20's again. Partly cloudy and dry weather continues, while the winds finally calm down. Look for nearly still conditions by early Thursday.

The weather will be more cloudy Thursday, but that won't hold back the temperatures from being above average. Look for another day in the middle 40's. In fact, Thursday may feel warmer than Tuesday or Wednesday due to much calmer winds. A light breeze will be out of the south and stays below 10 mph.

Thursday's clouds are coming from a cold front that sweeps through during the day. We'll feel the effects of this cold front on Friday, however. Temperatures drop into the middle 30's Friday afternoon. While that is colder than the weather lately, the middle 30's are actually right on average for this time of year.

Don't look for the "average" level of chill to last long. The weekend gets right back to being above average. Mild weather in the middle 40's is coming for both Saturday and Sunday.

Despite the similar temperatures, the days may be the opposite of each other. Saturday looks sunny to partly cloudy, while Sunday appears cloudy and features a slight chance for rain showers.

The weekend may be the last of the mild weather for a little while. Very cold air is taking aim at the Midwest starting Tuesday, which will send temperatures tumbling into the 20's to teens. Ahead of that cold air, snow showers are possible Monday night into Tuesday. The snow wraps up as the cold air hits.

We may only see temperatures in the 20's Tuesday, then the teens for highs by Wednesday. Subzero wind chills are likely at times during this cold stretch, which could last most of next week. Enjoy the milder weather while we still have it!

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner is the Chief Meteorologist at 13 WREX. He joined the 13 Weather Authority in 2014 and brings over a decade of forecasting experience to the weather department. Alex earned Certified Broadcast Meteorologist recognition from the American Meteorological Society, and his work at WREX earned him a Best TV Weathercaster award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and a regional Emmy.

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