TRACKING: Warm Temperatures/Monday Rain Chances/Back To Winter

No doubt about it, we have had a stretch of unseasonable warm temperatures.  A handful of temperatures record were broken across the region Saturday.

Locally, the records in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids fell just a few degrees short.

Another warm day is on tap for Sunday.  In fact, record highs across eastern Iowa are once again in jeopardy.

Enjoy Sunday, as it will be a mostly sunny day.  The warmth will continue into Monday, but we are tracking a chance for rain.  A low pressure system in the plains is going to draw in an abnormal amount of moisture into eastern Iowa.  Showers and even a few thunderstorms are possible during the day on Monday.  Another round is possible late Monday afternoon into the evening, before ending overnight.  When all is said and done, 0.25″ to 0.50″ of rain is possible, with locally higher amounts possible.

Beyond Monday, temperatures remain above average, but on a slight downhill turn.  We continue to track a potent storm system for the end of the week, that looks to bring rain, wind and even the chance for snow returns.  Stay tuned…


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 18, 2017

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Warm and Dry Weekend Ahead

After a record breaking Friday for many, things will be slightly cooler today. Don’t be mistaken, we’ll still have temperatures 20°+ above normal but the chance of breaking daily records today is lower. A light northwest breeze behind a dry cold front will track in some cooler air but not enough to break this pattern of mid-spring like weather. A sky full of sunshine (and little to no snow pack) allows us to warm into the low 50s to low 60s today.

A few more clouds track in tonight and linger through Sunday for partly cloudy skies. Winds shift overnight and come from the southeast…meaning more mild air is pulled into the area. Tomorrow’s highs will be a few degrees warmer. Both days of the weekend will be close to perfect for any activity, albeit a little strange for February.

Active weather tracks back into the picture for Monday. A system crosses the region and brings our next chance for rain (temperatures will be too warm for anything else). With this storm, we could hear some thunder, as well. We stay well above normal through the week before another storm tracks through, cooling us down and bringing a chance for wintry mix on Friday.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 18, 2017

Breezy Day Ahead

Did you miss the sun? Well it is here to stay through the week. Highs reach the 40s for most and a few isolated 50s to the south. Breezy daytime winds calm briefly overnight. Lows cool to the upper 20s and low 30s by Tuesday morning.

Tuesday will be slightly more breezy than today. Temperatures also cool slightly tomorrow…expect highs in the upper 30s and low 40s. A cold front tracks through Tuesday, but doesn’t bring much moisture with it. Things cool even more midweek, with Wednesday being the coolest day of the forecast. Cool air won’t last long around here because a warm front moves through Thursday. Highs Thursday return to the mid 40s. Behind the front on Friday we’ll reach the lower 50s for most of the area…and those temperatures continue Friday through at least Monday.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 13, 2017

Strong Winds Sunday

Overnight showers have moved out of the area and take the clouds along. Clouds decrease pretty quickly behind the rain today. So, unlike yesterday, there will be substantial sunshine across the board. Something else that everyone will experience today is the wind. Northwest winds gust as high as 35mph today. It won’t be as warm as Saturday, either, so it’ll feel cooler…but look better.

Clear skies overnight allow temperatures to fall into the 20s. There could be some freezing tonight if there’s standing water on the roads/sidewalks. Monday will be beautiful. Highs in the low to upper 40s with plenty of sunshine and less wind are both on tap.

We get a bit more wind on Tuesday, so hold on to the flowers and other gifts you may be carrying. You won’t need an umbrella at all this week, but sunglasses will be essential all the way through next weekend. A cold front moves through Tuesday night, cooling us down closer to (but still above) normal for Wednesday.

The best part of the forecast comes on Friday…highs soar into the 50s and that looks like it continues for Saturday and Sunday, as well.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 12, 2017

Scattered Showers to Start Weekend

Today will be one of the more active days in the extended forecast…and that isn’t saying much. We may see a few light showers tracking through. Many stay dry as it looks like the rain stays north. Highs today will be above average again – landing in the low to upper 40s.

Some showers linger into the evening and overnight hours and may mix with light snow before tapering off Sunday morning. With overnight lows below freezing for just about everyone, some freezing is possible on area roads. That may be due to leftover snow melting or due to any rain that moves through.

Clouds clear out through Sunday. Strong northwest winds bring in cooler air to close the weekend. Highs tomorrow reach the mid-30s to low-40s. When the clouds track out tomorrow, we’re not expecting many of them to return through next weekend. At most, skies will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny. Strong winds return briefly on Tuesday with a brief cool down behind it on Wednesday.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 11, 2017

Sunshine on (Super Bowl) Sunday

Happy Super Bowl Sunday (and National Weatherperson’s Day)! The forecast today looks mild for Iowa, but a little chillier than Houston.

Yesterday’s clouds and winds have moved out and today will be a near average day. Highs rise to the mid 20s through the upper 30s. A light breeze from the northwest will keep our highs a couple of degrees cooler than yesterday. Partly cloudy skies continue through the overnight before more clouds track in on Monday.

Even though clouds increase for Monday, it will also be the warmest day until next weekend. To the north, we’ll reach the upper 30s and low 40s. Southern counties reach the upper 40s – to near 50! It’s not too much longer after we reach our highs on Monday that Mother Nature reminds us that it is the BEGINNING of February. Light rain tracks in late tomorrow and transitions over to a wintry mix for Tuesday. A cold front crosses the state Tuesday and drags in cold air behind it. Highs on Wednesday won’t be warmer than the low 20s. We begin to rebound temperatures on Thursday.

Friday will be breezy with highs back into the upper 30s and next weekend looks mainly dry with highs in the low 40s.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 5, 2017

Windy Weekend Start

The first weekend of the month will be quite mild and mostly pleasant. Strong winds on Saturday will make it feel even cooler through the day. Though, the winds will come from the south and transport milder air into the region. Highs today land in the 30s for everyone. Winds begin to calm (and shift) overnight. Lows fall to the low to mid 20s.

Sunday features partly cloudy skies along with less wind. However, winds coming from the northwest will have highs tomorrow a degree or two cooler than today. After a slight cool-down tomorrow, milder air tracks in again for Monday and Tuesday. Many will warm into the 40s to start the work week.

Our next system brings a wintry mix of mainly rain/snow on Tuesday. Winds strengthen Tuesday and Wednesday. A few lingering snow showers are likely Wednesday morning and a quick round of snow is possible again on Thursday. By midweek, highs are back into the upper teens. We’ll rebound nicely by next weekend.



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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 4, 2017

Colder Tonight

Tonight: The sky is mostly clear tonight with a gusty breeze from the northwest. Wind chills late tonight could drop into the single digits below zero. Lows: 7-14.

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Thursday/Thursday Night: It remains breezy and it stays colder than normal. Despite plenty of sunshine it will be colder than normal. Highs: 18-25. A few clouds pass by Thursday night as low temperatures drop to the same readings as the previous night. Lows: 7-14.

Wind Forecast

Friday: The wind is lighter with a mix of sun and clouds. High: low 20s.

Saturday: Light snow or flurries are possible. Little to no snow accumulation expected. The wind does increase from the south at 10-20 mph. Highs: near 30. The map below shows the chance of 1″+ of snow. So again if there is any accumulation is will be minor. 

1 Snow Chance

Sunday: Still breezy with a northwest wind at 10-20 mph with a mix of sun and clouds. High: low 30s.

Monday: A cloudy day in advance of a storm we are tracking across the Midwest. Highs: mid 30s.

Tuesday: The storm would impact us with a chance of rain/snow. Exact details this far out are a bit sketchy. Model guidance is not real good right now. A few things such as the track/moisture/temperatures..have been all over the place from update to update. We will continue to track the potential storm. Highs: upper 30s. The map below shows the potential position of the storm Tuesday morning. 

1 Tue Sfc Map

Wednesday: A light snow shower in the morning followed by a gusty northwest wind and colder. High: mid 20s.


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This post was written by Schnack on February 1, 2017

Colder Wednesday

Tonight: Breezy conditions continue through the night under a mostly cloudy sky. A few flurries are possible with the clouds. Lows: 22-26.

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Wednesday: Temperatures hold steady in the 20s to about 30 with more clouds than sunshine. It remains breezy with a northwest wind at 10-20 mph.

Wednesday Night: Colder tonight with temperatures between 8-15 degrees by Thursday morning.

Thursday: It will be the coldest day of the next seven days. Highs are near 20 degrees. At least the sun will be shining.

Friday: A few light snow showers are flurries are possible. Highs: low 20s. The map below shows the chance of at least 1″ of snow Thursday evening through Friday evening. 

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Saturday: There is a little better chance (40%) of light snow Saturday into Saturday night. Any accumulation would be light.

Sunday/Monday: Dry conditions with highs near 30.

Tuesday: We continue to track a storm forecast to move across Iowa. Rain and snow are possible across the state. Details this far out are unknown. We will continue to track this storm and have more details as the day gets closer. High: mid 30s.The map below is the potential position of the storm Tuesday morning. 

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This post was written by Schnack on January 31, 2017

Windy Start to Work Week

Wind Forecast

Flurries are possible on and off through the day but during the overnight, there is a chance it mixes with some light rain. Lows falling below freezing tonight coupled with possible wintry mix could make for a slick Tuesday morning commute. Strong and gusty winds persist through Tuesday morning before calming a bit tomorrow. Winds today may reach up to 25 mph, while Tuesday’s winds reach 20 mph, gusting higher at times.

Generally west winds will keep us in the 20s and 30s today through tomorrow with a few of the southern counties climbing into the 40s. High pressure tracks into the region for much of the week keeping us mainly dry. This will cool us into the 20s for highs with lows around 10° many nights.

The next chance of snow tracks in for the weekend.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 30, 2017