Coldest weekend since March with a hard freeze expected

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Can you believe that just a little more than one month ago we saw high temperatures in the 90s? Quite the contrast to our significant cold punch that has worked into the area for the upcoming weekend and temperatures will continue to fall further.

The coldest air of the season so far is expected to arrive Saturday night into early Sunday morning with the combination of clear skies and light winds sending our low temperatures into the 20s. A FREEZE WARNING has been issued for the entire area Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Before the sub-freezing temperatures arrive there are a few things you'll want to check on around your home.

-Make sure outdoor garden hoses are dry and moved indoors to prevent damage. Many plumbers also recommend that you shut off the water to outside faucets as an added caution.
-The first freeze signals the end of the growing season, so whatever annual plants you haven't saved by now likely won't survive.
-Make sure your camper/RV is winterized if you are storing it outdoors.
-Now would also be a good time to make sure you have a winter survival kit in each vehicle. These kits should include a blanket, non-perishable food first aid kit, a flashlight, water and a bag of sand.

It appears we'll be stuck in this colder pattern for several more days to come as another reinforcing push of cold air arrives for Halloween.