Freeze Watch issued for Saturday morning

Lows could drop as low as the upper 20s and low 30s.
Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 3:26 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - After a pretty quiet week of weather, we’ll see big changes heading into the weekend. A strong cold front will move through this afternoon and evening, and behind it expect a significant drop in our temperatures. This could eventually lead to a frost and freeze Saturday morning. A Freeze Watch is in effect for parts of Central Illinois Saturday morning.

A Freeze Watch has been issued for Saturday morning.
A Freeze Watch has been issued for Saturday morning.(25 News)

Tonight and Tomorrow:

We’ll stay breezy this evening and tonight following the passage of our cold front. Expect some lingering clouds overnight, and it’ll turn colder by tomorrow morning with lows on either side of 40.

Tomorrow afternoon will be much colder than what we’ve seen so far this week with highs only in the mid to upper 50s. This week will likely be the coldest evening for high school football so far this season with kickoff temps near 50.

This Weekend:

The big weather headline this weekend is the potential for a frost and freeze Saturday morning. Just how low we go will be dependent on how quickly clouds clear out Friday night and how quickly our winds will calm down. If skies clear and winds remain calm for most of the night, we will easily fall close to or below 30 by wake-up time Saturday morning. However, if clouds can linger a little later and/or winds remain slightly elevated, temperatures may only fall into the low to mid 30s.

Here is a look at our current forecast for Saturday morning. We’re keeping Peoria and Bloomington-Normal just above freezing for now, but it is still possible that these areas could drop to 32. Rural and outlying areas have the best chance for seeing freezing temperatures.

Lows Saturday morning will likely be near or below freezing.
Lows Saturday morning will likely be near or below freezing.(25 News)

If Peoria falls to 32 or below, this will be the earliest first fall freeze since 2012 when we hit 30 on October 6.

Otherwise expect lots of sunshine this weekend with highs in the low 60s on Saturday and upper 60s on Sunday.

Next Week:

Highs will rebound back into the 70s next Monday through Wednesday. A few showers will be possible late Tuesday, but expect a better rain chance on Wednesday.

The second half of next week will be cooler with highs on either side of 60.

Tune in this evening for your full First Alert 10 Day Forecast!