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This post was written by Schnack on January 16, 2013

Highs in the 40s Friday…Arctic Air Arrives Saturday



It is landmark day for me at KWWL. I started working here on this day in 1995.

UPDATED at 4:10 PM

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low: 10-15. Wind: NW 5-15 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and colder. High: 26-34. Wind: NW 5-15 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 16-21. Wind: NW to SW 5-15 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy and breezy (SW 10-20 mph). High: low 40s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and windy (NW 15-25 mph). High: upper 30s in the AM….falling temps in the PM.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cold with a 20% chance of light snow/flurries. High: upper teens.

Monday: Partly cloudy and cold. High: near 10.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and cold. High: low teens.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: low 20s.

A cold front is drifting south across Minnesota this afternoon. The front will cross Iowa this evening with a few hours of clouds. A few flurries have been reported and cannot be completely ruled out for us here in Iowa this evening. The two maps below help visualize what I just mentioned.


High temperatures Thursday will be a little cooler than today, but close to normal for this time of year. We will have another surge of warmer air (highs in the low 40s) Friday. By the way, Friday will be the warmest day of the next seven days.

An Arctic cold front will push south across Iowa Saturday with high temperatures expected to be in the morning and falling temperatures in the afternoon. High temperatures Sunday will be in the teens. There is a slight chance of a light snow shower or flurries. Little to no accumulation is expected. Monday morning will be cold across the Midwest. Take a look at how many places will be below zero across the Midwest. The map below shows the forecast low temperatures Monday morning.


Tuesday morning will be just as cold as this cold air mass moves east. The map below shows the low temperatures Tuesday morning.

The coldest afternoon across Iowa, of the next seven days, will be Monday. By Wednesday, high temperatures will warm back to the low 20s.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 16, 2013

January 16

From NWS
2009: Bitterly cold air settled across Iowa for several days in mid-January, with wind chills dipping to -40 F or lower on the 13th, 15th, and 17th. Cedar Rapids reported a wind chill of -52 F on the 15th, the lowest value attained in Iowa in nearly 13 years. Also on the 15th Maquoketa recorded an afternoon high temperature of only -15 F. Temperatures bottomed out on the morning of the 16th, when Coggon in northeastern Linn County registered a low of -40 F, also the lowest value attained in the state in nearly 13 years and one of only a handful of times that a -40 F or lower temperature has been recorded in Iowa in the last century. Numerous all time station record lows were broken or tied on the morning on the 16th including Waterloo, Vinton, and Charles City at -34 F, Manchester at -36 F, Maquoketa and Anamosa at -37 F, and Belle Plaine at -38 F.

1993: No snow fell at Sioux City for the first time since December 27th of the previous year ending a record streak of 19 consecutive days with at least a trace of snowfall at the airport.

1982: Blizzard conditions struck northwestern Iowa for the second straight weekend, when a couple inches of new snow and several inches already on the ground were whipped up by winds as high as 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph into drifts around 10 feet deep. Low temperatures on the morning of the 16th included -20 F at Red Oak, -22 F at Indianola and Muscatine, -23 F at Northwood, -24 F at Boone, and -25 F at Maquoketa and the strong winds combined with the bitter cold temperatures to generate dangerous wind chills of -50 to -100 F. Numerous deaths were attributed to this storm.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 16 January 1959 → Bennett Ridge, NY received 51 inches of snow in 16 hours from a prolific lake effect snowstorm.
 16 January 1990 → Heavy snow fell across Prince Williams Sound and the Susitna Valley of southern Alaska. Valdez was buried under 64.9 inches of snow in less than 2 days, including a record 47.5 inches in 24 hours. The heavy snow blocked roads, closed schools, and sunk 6 vessels in the Valdez harbor.


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This post was written by Schnack on January 16, 2013