(OLNEY/NEWTON) A high pressure ridge over the northern Rockies will keep us dry with plenty of sunshine today and a light wind, plus a clear sky tonight with an overnight low at freezing or a little below. The cold advection continues tomorrow, knocking a few more degrees off temperatures and by later on Thursday and especially that evening, a mid-level trough and associated shortwave will begin to spread some light precipitation across our downstate area, maybe a little snow to our north. But we’ll dry out for the weekend, however a compact clipper system will dive southeast across the our region Friday afternoon and evening, bringing more cold air to downstate Illinois for Saturday. We’ll rebound a little for Veterans Day on Sunday but a cold front associated with the clipper pushes through Sunday night into early Monday, allowing Arctic air to again dump south over the state. This will drive temperatures some 15 to 20 degrees below normal for the first of next week. Stay tuned for continued weather updates and monitor a NOAA Weather Alert Radio.