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The weather dries out then turns much colder

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Dry weather sweeps in overnight after a slushy start to the week. As the weather dries up, temperatures take a tumble, but not to the chilly levels we saw briefly last week.

Patchy dense fog is a road hazard overnight. Visibility may drop under 1/4 mile through sunrise, making it very hard to see while driving. The National Weather Service issued a Dense Fog Advisory through 4 am to highlight where and how long the hazardous fog may be in place. Be careful driving late tonight and early Tuesday morning. A few slick spots are possible as temperatures dip into the middle 20's overnight.

Tuesday sees a clearing sky, with sunshine by the afternoon. Temperatures remain near average again, with highs in the middle 30's. The day may feel like the teens to 20's with the wind chill, thanks to breezy winds kicking in. We'll see winds out of the northwest around 15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.

Extra chilly air sends temperatures into the teens to 20's for midweek.

Get ready for another plunge in temperatures starting Tuesday night. This is the start of a roller coaster trend for the week, where we go from very chilly to very mild between Tuesday night and the end of the weekend. We'll plummet into the single digits that night, then only warm back to the low 20's Wednesday afternoon. We'll see this repeat on Thursday: 20's for highs, with single digit temperatures Wednesday night and Thursday night. While the weather is extra chilly, we do get treated to a lot of sunshine during this stretch.

After a chilly middle of the week, temperatures rebound in a big way this weekend.

By Friday and the weekend, temperatures rebound back to average and beyond. We jump back above freezing Friday. After that, we may see the middle 40's over the weekend. More sunshine is in the extended forecast, though a slight chance for rain is possible between Sunday and Monday.

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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