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This post was written by Schnack on December 26, 2012
UPDATED at 3:50 PM
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy and cold. Low: 1-6. Wind: NE 5 mph.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High: 24-26. Wind: E 5-10 mph.
Thursday Night: Cloudy with a 60% chance of light snow. Low: 17-20. Wind: E 5-10 mph.
Friday: Cloudy with a 70% chance of light snow. High: upper 20s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High: near 20.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: upper teens.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. High: near 20.
New Year’s Day: Partly cloudy. High: near 20.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: near 20.
There will be some breaks in the cloud cover tonight to allow the temperatures to drop into the low single digits. Thursday may have a little sun early otherwise the sky will be mostly cloudy. The clouds are associated with the chance of snow we are tracking for Thursday night and Friday. The map below shows the chance of 1”+ snow Thursday evening to Friday evening. There is a good chance that most of the viewing area will see 1” of snow.
Eastern Iowa is will see a trace to 2” with isolated 3” amounts north of Highway 20.
The wind will be light as the weak low travels east across Missouri with a trough extended north across Iowa. Here is forecast map for Friday morning.
Once the low moves east the weather will remain quiet through early 2013. Temperatures will remain colder than normal but the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is showing a possible change. Here are the 8-14 day outlooks from Jan 3-9. Iowa is expected to have above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.
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1962: Bitterly cold weather brought the temperature all the way down into the 20s below zero across northern and northeastern Iowa and daily records were broken at numerous locations across the state. The lowest reported temperatures included -26 F at Cascade, Decorah, and Grundy Center, -27 F at Independence, Marshalltown, and Oelwein, -28 F at Cresco, and -33 F at Saratoga.
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