They will resume work on the tower tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.
Winnebago County Sergeant Lipinski said 12 homes near the WTVO/WQRF station were evacuated Friday night after wires on the station's antenna began moving.
An officer keeping an eye on the area said none of the residents have returned since then.
Chief Engineer Mike Real explained, "As of around 5:30 last night we noticed that the tower had been taking on heavy snow during the storm that was coming through Rockford and due to safety concerns we evacuated the building."
Vice President and General Manager Jon Skorburg said, "Currently we have people coming in from our corporate headquarters and from specialists in tower construction to come out and just make sure everything is where it should be. We hope to have the tv stations back up to speed very soon."
Main power at the studio was shut down after guy wires on our antenna tower began moving.
The tower is not expected to collapse, but if it did, it is engineered to fall on itself to minimize external damage.
WTVO/WQRF staff will continue to work to bring the latest news.