The new week is off to a bitter cold start – WREX-TV

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Kicking off the new year with a bitter cold start
ROCKFORD (WREX) — With a bitter cold start to the first week of the new year, temperatures will remain cold throughout this week.
First half:
We kick off the first week of 2022 with some snow on the ground and bitter cold temperatures. 
Early this morning, many spots have dropped below zero along with wind chills being 10 to 15 below zero across northern Illinois. Temperatures will slowly warm throughout the morning but only to reach the upper teens by the afternoon.
Besides the cold, sunny skies will dominate today hopefully providing some extra warmth. Wind chills will stay within the single digits for a majority of the day. Try to limit time outside today and bundle up if you do step out. 
Temperatures will fall into the teens tonight as conditions stay quiet but cold as we head into the ‘warmest’ day of the week tomorrow.
Tuesday’s highs are expected to reach the lower to middle 30’s as we’ll see an increase in cloud cover throughout the day. By Wednesday, conditions cool off once again with a slight chance for flurries with the coldest weather of the season join us later this week.
Getting colder:
With a cold start to the week, temperatures will be even colder by the end of the week.
The warmest day of the week will likely be Tuesday as arctic air will spill into the Midwest bringing some of the coldest temperatures of the season. 
Forecast highs for Thursday are expected to reach the lower teens as overnight lows will likely drop 7 degrees below zero. These conditions stick around for Friday, our coldest day of the week. 
Temperatures will barely climb into the lower teens with wind chills 15 to 20 degrees below zero. Slightly warmer temperatures return by the weekend as we ring in the new year with bitter cold conditions.
Meteorologist
Claudia Olech is the meteorologist for 13 News Today and 13 News at Noon. She joined the WREX team in February of 2021. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in May of 2021.
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