UPDATED at 4:00 PM
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low: 25-27. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance a light wintry mix NE of Waterloo in the morning and a 20% chance of light rain/snow shower in the evening north of Waterloo. High: 37 north to 51 south. Wind: shift from S to N 5-10 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of light rain shower changing to light snow shower. Low: 24-29. Wind: N 5-10 mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High: low-mid 30s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High: mid 30s.
Monday: Cloudy and windy (SE to NW 15-25 mph) with a 30% chance of rain/snow. High: low-mid 30s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: low 30s.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and windy (SE 15-25 mph) with a 20% chance of rain/snow: upper 30s.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and windy (E 15-25 mph) with a 20% chance of rain. High: upper 30s.
There are no storm spotter training classes this evening.
Training from surrounding NWS offices:
There are some high thin clouds northwest and are moving southeast this afternoon. Hopefully the sky will be clear enough in your back yard to see the Comet PanSTARRS again.
Here is a photo sent to me taken from Jones County last night.
Click on the image below for the viewing information this evening.
If you miss it tonight there are chances each evening for the rest of the month when the sky is clear.
It might not feel like spring, but we are just days away from the vernal equinox (first day of spring). It officially arrives Wednesday, March 20 at 6:02 AM. The question now is…when will the weather feel like spring?
We are in a northwest flow aloft and this pattern is favorable for any areas of low pressure to quickly move in and out of the area. It also prevents any large storms from developing.
A front will be drifting south across Iowa Friday with a wide range of temperatures on either side of it. North of the front will be in the 30s and south of the front will be in the 50s. The front will sit somewhere between Waterloo and Cedar Rapids during the afternoon hours. There is a slight chance of a rain/snow mix northeast of Waterloo in the morning. There is a slight chance of a rain shower changing to snow shower during the evening north of Highway 20. A light snow shower is possible Friday night as temperatures drop into the 20s. Here is the WPC forecast map for 1 pm Friday.
The weekend is still forecast be mostly cloudy with some sunshine each day. High temperatures will be 10-15 degrees below normal. The amount of precipitation if any that falls will be light. Here is the liquid equivalent forecast from Thursday evening to Sunday evening.
We are still tracking the next chance of rain/snow for Monday. Tuesday high pressure will provide us with sunshine, but for only one day. The next low we are tracking is forecast to bring a chance of rain/snow Wednesday and rain Thursday. There will be a lot of wind with Wednesday/Thursday storm…15-25 mph from the E/SE both days. Again spring begins Wednesday at 6:02 AM.
Posted under Astronomy, Forecast Discussion
This post was written by Schnack on March 14, 2013