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Harsher winter weather hits tomorrow and again this weekend

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Temperatures take a dive by Friday, resulting in some of the coldest weather so far this season.

ROCKFORD (WREX) -- The mild and sunny weather of this week will be in the distant past by the end of this weekend. Harsh cold then snow showers head our way over the next 3 days.

Giant drop:

After hitting 40 degrees Thursday afternoon, temperatures drop about 20 degrees. A strong cold front hits overnight, sending conditions tumbling.

Wind chills stay near zero throughout Friday.

By Friday morning, wind chills are slightly below zero. They rise slightly above zero Friday afternoon, then fall again below zero Friday night. While the weather won't be that breezy, the light northwest breeze is enough to keep wind chills at bitter levels.

Temperatures themselves only warm into the upper teens. A few spots like Rockford may crack 20 degrees, but barely. We get to see another mainly sunny day, which helps take a little chill out of the air.

Saturday won't be much warmer. Temperatures warm into the low 20's, with wind chills in the teens. Clouds build in after a sunny morning, ahead of snow showers sliding in by Saturday night.

Weekend snow:

The weekend snow showers are coming into clearer focus. Most of the snow hits Saturday night, but could bleed a little into the daylight hours of Saturday and Sunday.

Snow showers look to hit Saturday night.

The storm system moves in Saturday evening, and light snow could start falling as early as sunset Saturday. However, the bulk of the snow doesn't hit until later Saturday night. We'll see heavier showers by that point.

After a snowy night, the showers become lighter closer to sunrise Sunday. Beyond sunrise, the snow clears out, and Sunday remains cloudy and dry for the rest of the day.

Snow amounts are still being determined, but a couple inches of snow look likely. You may need to get the shovel out Sunday morning.

Temperatures return to the low 30's by Sunday afternoon, and look to stay there throughout next week.

Another storm may be possible on Monday, but could track south of us.

More snow is possible between Monday and Tuesday morning. This storm has a lot more uncertainty to it. Models differ a lot on the storm track, for now. We'll monitor how this storm may play out, and update on when or if this storm hits.

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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