On Monday, even the high temperatures will seem devastatingly cold.
In Dixon and Sterling, the low will be minus 18, according to the National Weather Service. The high? Minus 14 in Dixon, and minus 12 in Sterling.
By comparison, today should seem like a heat wave, with temperatures expected to reach the high 20s. On Sunday, the mercury will plunge to the single digits, with a chance of snow throughout the weekend.
Monday’s cold will likely mean school closures on the first day back from the holidays.
Some won’t let the cold interfere with their routines.
Bob Deets, a 76-year-old who lives near Sterling, said he plans to go to McDonald’s at 6 a.m. and then walk at the mall for exercise, as he always does.
He works part time for a farmer, so he is used to dealing with bad weather.
“My doctor says walking is good exercise,” he said as he walked the mall Friday morning.
Lynette Masini and Gail Sigel, both 66-year-old Rock Falls residents, said they’ll probably cancel their Monday walking session at the mall.
“If I don’t come here, I’ll be staying inside,” Masini said.
Tom Olsen, of the National Weather Service’s Quad Cities station, urged the public to be careful.
“You don’t want to rush things,” he said. “Warm up your car a little longer. If you’re traveling, bring extra blankets in case you break down. Cover your skin. Do not let your skin be exposed to the elements. You can get frostbitten quickly.”
In Sterling, the record low in January is minus 29, which was recorded on Jan. 15, 2009, according to the National Weather Service.
50 percent chance of snow, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Southwest winds 10-15 mph, becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as minus 10. New snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.
30 percent chance of snow, mainly before noon. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 3.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around minus 18.
Partly sunny and cold, with a high near minus 12.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around minus 19.