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February 11, 2016

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Snow Totals Update

February 11, 2016

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Very Cold Saturday then Snow Sunday

February 11, 2016

Light snow will track southeast across central Iowa this evening. The northern side of the snow is in parts of eastern Iowa. The best chance to have a few snow showers, this evening, will be southwest of Interstate 380. Little to no snow accumulations are expected.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

 

Friday and Saturday remain cold with a mostly sunny sky. Temperatures Saturday morning bottom out near 10 below zero with wind chills of 20 to 30 below.

We are still tracking snow for Sunday. The snow begins before sunrise Sunday and continues through the day before tapering off Sunday before midnight. Snow accumulations at this point will be 2-5” across eastern Iowa. These numbers will adjust as we get more information about the system…so check back for later updates. The snow comes with a gusty south wind at 15-25 mph. Monday is warmer with highs near 30 and dry.

Snow Forecast DMA Hand

The map below shows the chance of 4″ or more of snow Saturday evening through Sunday evening.

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Here is the forecast position of the storm warm front Sunday morning.

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1 Minute Satellite

February 10, 2016

This is GOES-14 SRSOR imagery. It is a minute by minute update and when put in a loop it shows so much detail on what is going on. The visible image can only be used during the day. Once the sun sets, there is no longer any light to see the clouds/earth. The image below was captured this afternoon before sunset. You can see there were already some holes in the cloud cover.

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If you want to see the updated loop, during the daylight hours, click here.

 

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Backward-flowing Waterfall

February 9, 2016

Our windy conditions are sticking around because the low can’t track past the Great Lakes right now. This is due to a large storm in the North Atlantic that just slammed into Scotland yesterday. It has wind gusts reported as high as 91 mph, causing trucks to tip over and ripping parts of roofs off of buildings. It also caused a couple of waterfalls to go the wrong way!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/12136476/Storm-Henry-causes-backwards-waterfall-on-Isle-of-Mull-Scotland.html


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Mammatus

February 8, 2016

Clouds that remind you of spring and summer.

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Tracking Snow Showers & Wind

February 7, 2016

Wintry weather makes its return beginning tonight. A potent clipper system tracks to our north, and brings us scattered snow showers, windy conditions, and colder temperatures. Roads could be slick due to refreezing from the melting snow as well.

DMA WatchesWarningsAdvisories

Tonight, the wind picks up out of the NW between 15 and 25 mph, gusts could be 35mph+ at times. We will also be tracking scattered snow showers that will be wind driven, and the snow that’s already on the ground in northwest portions of the viewing area will be blown around, creating reduced visibility. Blizzard Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in places for northern and western portions of the viewing area through Monday evening. The worst conditions will be outside the KWWL viewing area.  The worst of the blizzard-like conditions will be northwest of the KWWL viewing area.

Snow Forecast DMA Hand

Total snow accumulations will be trace to 1″, with isolated 2″ possible

Winds will stay strong through Tuesday with bitterly cold air settling over us for a few days. Highs will only be in the low teens with lows dipping below zero Wednesday morning. Wind chills Wednesday morning could be 15 to 25 below zero.

Travel is expected to be hazardous tonight and tomorrow morning over most of the viewing area, but especially along and north of Highway 20.

Definition Blizzard

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Near Blizzard Conditions Late Sunday & Monday

February 6, 2016

A Blizzard Watch is out for northern parts of the viewing area, not because of heavy snow, but for the winds whipping around the snow that is already on the ground.  The watch is for Chickasaw, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler and Grundy counties from 3 PM Sunday to 6 PM Monday.

DMA WatchesWarningsAdvisories

Sunday will be partly to mostly cloudy and windy.  A clipper system moving to our north will bring very gusty winds during the day, with snow showers possible later in the afternoon.

Winds will be out of the west on Sunday from 10 to 20+ mph, with gusts 35+ mph possible in the afternoon.  Near whiteout conditions are possible late Sunday and into the day on Monday.

PLEASE REMEMBER: A blizzard, by definition, does NOT have to do with the amount of snow that falls.

Definition Blizzard

The better chance for scattered snow showers will be Sunday night and Monday.  Snowfall amounts will be anywhere from a couple tenths to about an inch, with one to two inches possible in northeast Iowa.  Again, the snow will be blowing around creating travel issues.

Snow Forecast DMA Hand

Winds will stay strong into Tuesday before the system tracks away from us.

Stay tuned to KWWL and KWWL.com for the latest as we track this storm system.

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Super Bowl Weather & Climate Stats 1967-2015

February 6, 2016

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17 of 49 Bowls Played indoors(34.7%)

18 of 49 Bowls had a Trace or More of Rain at nearby Airport(37%)

2 Bowls had Snow on Game Day (1982,2006)

1 Bowl played during an Ice Storm (2000)

Warmest High Temperature of 82° (1973,2003)

Coldest High Temp for Dome Game 16° (1982)

Coldest High Temp for Non-Dome Game 43° (1972)

Wettest Super Bowl .92 inches (2007)

Outside Games With High Wind Gust (1980, 1984, 1989,2007)

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The above stats come from William Schmitz (Southeast Regional Climate Center)

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Blizzard or Near Blizzard Conditions

February 5, 2016

Blizzard or near blizzard conditions are possible Sunday afternoon into Monday afternoon in eastern Iowa. Right now a Blizzard Watch is in effect for north central and northwest Iowa. This area could be expanded farther east as we get closer. Light snow is forecast to fall (1-2”)..that is not the big story. The bigger concern is the strong wind (gusts to 45 mph) Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon. The snow that fell early this week and the additional 1-2” expected to fall will cause hazardous travel conditions. Again this is for Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon.

 MW WatchesWarningsAdvisories Blizzard Watch

The area of concern for the significant blowing snow will be in locations where the deeper snow pack is. The map below shows the snow depth across the area as of Friday.

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