The first snow of the fall season starts tonight

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – Winter is arriving early as snow showers will be joining the recent cold stretch of weather.

The light snow will start tonight around midnight. The showers then remain steady until 6 AM, after which they’ll be scattered and sporadic until late morning. The rest of the afternoon should be mainly cloudy and mainly dry; a few scattered flurries are possible, but they won’t add much on top of the morning accumulations.

The heaviest of the snow showers will fall between 2 am and 6 am. We should see up to 1″ for accumulation. Much of this will stick to the grass and fields, but less traveled roads may be impacted with slushy conditions at times. Take it slow in the morning, as it will take some time to knock of the rust off of your winter driving skills.

By Friday afternoon, as the snow is winding down, the winds will be ramping up. Northwest wind gusts will reach 30 mph, creating wind chills in the teens. Temperatures by then will be cooling off to the 20’s. Later Friday night, the winds will create wind chills in the single digits! Be ready for the harsh cold. Get the extra winter layers out from the closet, and bundle up if you’ll be out and about Friday night. Be sure to cover up as much as possible, especially with gloves, hats, and scarves. Even as the winds start to calm early Saturday morning, wind chills may get as low at 5° by sunrise, and stay in the single digits to teens after that.

This very cold weather lingers on Saturday, as highs only get back to freezing. We will see plenty of sunshine, however. By Sunday, the weather turns cloudy again, but stays dry. Temperatures on Sunday may get back to the low 40’s. We’ll still see the 30’s, however, for much of next week.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

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Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner is the 13 Weather Authority's chief meteorologist at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. 

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