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Rockford area again under Frost Advisory overnight, but major improvements loom this week

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – It goes without saying that we’ve been mired in quite a cool stretch of weather the past several days, and the coldest temperatures of the entire stretch are likely still ahead of us tonight. But there’s good news on the horizon, and plenty of it. Improvements get underway as early as Monday, with a return to more seasonable conditions likely.



text, logo: Our first Frost Advisory of the season is in effect.


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Our first Frost Advisory of the season is in effect.

Before we get there, though, another frosty night is ahead of us Sunday. For the second time in four nights, a Frost Advisory is in effect for the Stateline. This time, though, the advisory encompasses the entire area, not just a portion of it. Clear skies and light winds will allow for temperatures to fall to between 30° and 35°. Protective measures should be taken with any tender vegetation which may succumb to the cold temperatures.



a close up of a sign: For the second time in less than a week, our area's been placed under a frost advisory.


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For the second time in less than a week, our area’s been placed under a frost advisory.

While wind won’t be much of a factor overnight, there may be just enough to send wind chills a few degrees cooler than the air temperature. As it stands now, we’ll likely have wind chills in the 30s by as early as 10:30 this evening.



a close up of a wire fence: By as early as 10:30 this evening, wind chills will have likely fallen into the 30s areawide.


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By as early as 10:30 this evening, wind chills will have likely fallen into the 30s areawide.

By the time our workweek and school week begin Monday Morning, it’ll be even more frigid, with wind chills in the 20s as the day commences.



a sign hanging from a wire: As we prepare to head to work or school Monday Morning, we'll do so with wind chills in the 20s!


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As we prepare to head to work or school Monday Morning, we’ll do so with wind chills in the 20s!

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Dozens of Lake Ohau homes left in ashes by overnight fire | 1 NEWS

Lake Ohau Village has been largely turned to ash after a raging forest fire ripped through the area overnight. 

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Dozens of homes appear to have been burned in the fire near Lake Ohau.
Source: Gary Kircher


About 30 houses and as many cars are believed to have been destroyed in the on-going blaze after it blitzed through the Mackenzie Country village last night.

Just how the raging fire began is not yet known according to Civil Defence Minister Peni Henare.

Minister Henare says the situation is a matter of “wait and see” as to what extent the damage caused will be but there is no indication as to what may have triggered the fire.  

Several homes have been turned to ash after being engulfed in flames overnight.
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“As of now, there is still no understanding of how the fire started at the moment. Pretty sure FENZ will be working to contain it in the first instance before looking at how it started

“Obviously at the moment, of course the focus is on saving people’s lives and saving people’s properties.” 

Two other fires have also erupted in the South Island this morning, fuelled by high winds which have fanned the flames and made them difficult to contain. 

Fire and Emergency says the Ohau fire is burning through pine forest and grass in the Mackenzie Basin, with 16 fire crews on the ground and five helicopters fighting it.

There is a mixture of shock and confusion among the more than 90 people who were evacuated from Ohau Village in the early hours of this morning. 

As a popular spot during the school holidays, many families were forced to flee their homes now needing to seek refuge inside the Twizel Events Centre.

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