Snowfall Totals and Forecast Verification

The latest winter storm brought a wide range of snowfall totals across eastern Iowa.  Generally there was a 2 to 10 inch swath across the KWWL viewing area.  The map on the left was the snowfall forecast Sunday evening, compared to actual snow totals on the right. (Click the image to make it bigger)

Here are the snow totals reported to the National Weather Service:

Town Amount
Waterloo 10.6
Dubuque 4.5
Cedar Rapids 5.3
Iowa City 4.2
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3 NNE Kesley, IA 6.0
Ainsworth 7.4 N 2.5
Amana 4.7 W 3.2
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 5.2
BELLE PLAINE, IA 5.0
CALMAR, IA 3.8
CASCADE, IA 4.7
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 6.1
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 9.0
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 4.2
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 5.5
Center Junction 2.6 W 5.0
Central City 6.7 W 7.5
CHARLES CITY, IA 7.8
COGGON, IA 9.5
CONRAD, IA 4.5
CRESCO 1NE, IA 5.5
DECORAH 5.0
Decorah 4.9SE 5.3
Decorah 7.9 ENE 5.4
Dubuque #3, IA 4.3
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 3.0
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 4.4
ELMA, IA 5.6
Fairfax 0.0 NW 5.0
FAYETTE, IA 6.3
FULTON, IA 3.0
HAMPTON, IA 8.0
IONIA 2W, IA 8.0
IOWA CITY, IA 3.0
IOWA FALLS, IA 6.0
Kalona 7.3 NNW 4.5
LOWDEN, IA 7.0
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 6.7
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 5.5
Marion 1.2 NE 5.2
Marquette 0.2 NNE 4.0
Monona WWTP, IA 3.8
Monticello, IA 7.0
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 6.0
NEW HAMPTON, IA 10.0
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 8.0
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 1.0
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 7.1
OSAGE , IA 7.4
Quasqueton 1.8 S 7.7
Robins 0.4 SSE 6.0
Sigourney, IA 2.0
Solon 0.3 ESE 4.1
ST ANSGAR, IA 8.2
STANLEY 4 W, IA 9.5
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 4.4
SWISHER, IA 4.4
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 4.0
TRAER, IA 6.0
TRIPOLI, IA 7.6
VINTON, IA 5.5
VOLGA 1NE, IA 4.5
WASHINGTON, IA 1.8
Waterloo 1.4 ESE 8.3
WAUCOMA , IA 6.0
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 3.0
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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on March 13, 2017

Snow Reports Monday Morning

Here are some of the snow reports across eastern Iowa as of 8:00AM Monday morning

Waterloo 10.4
Dubuque 4.3
Cedar Rapids 5.0
Iowa City 4.0
Ainsworth 7.4 N 2.5
Amana 4.7 W 3.2
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 5.2
BELLE PLAINE, IA 5.0
Bellevue LD 12, IA 2.0
CASCADE, IA 4.7
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 4.2
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 5.5
CHARLES CITY, IA 7.8
Clarksville 7.5
COGGON, IA 9.5
Dubuque #3, IA 4.3
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 3.0
EDGEWOOD, IA 4.0
Ely 0.5 SE 4.2
FAYETTE, IA 6.3
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 5.0
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 2.0
IOWA CITY, IA 3.0
IOWA FALLS, IA 6.0
Kalona 7.3 NNW 4.5
LOWDEN, IA 7.0
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 6.7
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 5.5
Marion 1.2 NE 5.2
Monona WWTP, IA 3.8
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 5.0
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 8.0
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 1.0
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 7.1
OSAGE , IA 7.4
Quasqueton 7.7
Sigourney, IA 2.0
Solon 0.3 ESE 4.1
TRIPOLI, IA 7.6
VOLGA 1NE, IA 4.5
WASHINGTON, IA 1.8
WAUCOMA , IA 6.0
Wyoming 5.0
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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 13, 2017

Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory Sunday

All of eastern Iowa is now under either a Winter Weather Advisory or Winter Storm Warning – including Keokuk and Washington counties, which were not previously included in the Winter Storm Watch. These were issued for accumulating snow and blowing snow concerns Sunday afternoon through Monday.

Snow begins in our far northwestern counties on Sunday afternoon and the snow onset line tracks east into the evening. Breezy winds develop this afternoon then become even stronger overnight as our weather maker tracks through parts of Iowa.

The heaviest of the snow is expected late Sunday into very early Monday morning. That means that Monday morning commuters (including school buses that aren’t on Spring Break) may have travel concerns tomorrow.

By late Monday morning, snow continues but the heaviest of it should be mainly out of our area. Strong winds come from the north tomorrow morning. Snowfall rates decrease into the afternoon. Winds calm later in the day. Highs tomorrow (and today) reach the low to mid 30s across most of eastern Iowa.

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

Snow Totals as of Saturday Morning

Snow reports across Iowa from Friday morning to Saturday morning. Higher amounts are indicated by yellow and orange dots (NWS)

Here are some of the snow reports from Friday’s snowfall:

Waterloo 1.2
Dubuque 1.0
Cedar Rapids 0.5
Iowa City 1.3
1 N HAMPTON 4.0
1 NE IOWA FALLS 1.0
1 NNW ALLISON 3.0
1 SSE CHARLES CITY 2.0
1 SW MONONA 2.0
1 WNW WAUCOMA 0.5
1 WSW HAMPTON 2.5
2 NE CRESCO 5.0
2 WSW NASHUA 2.0
3 SSE STEUBEN 0.5
4 WSW LANCASTER 0.1
4W Cedar Rapids 0.5
5 ESE DECORAH 1.0
5 NW EASTMAN 1.0
6 SE DUMONT 1.0
6 SE LANSING 1.0
8 ENE DECORAH 2.0
CALMAR 1.1
Central City 6.7 W 0.7
CLARKSVILLE 1.5
DUBUQUE 1.0
Edgewood 1.5
LANSING 1.0
NEW HAMPTON 1.0
NEW HAMPTON 0.5
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 1.5
New Hampton 0.4 SW 1.5
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 1.5
OSAGE 7.2
OSAGE 4.3
SAINT ANSGAR 6.8
Solon 0.3 ESE 0.8
Toledo 1.0
Wellman 1.0
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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 25, 2017

Jan/Feb Snowfall

The Winter that never was…should be the title of the winter 2016-17. We have had just a handful of days with snow and not much cold weather. The data below shows the amount of snowfall in Jan/Feb…combined for the last 10 years.

Waterloo

Dubuque

 

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This post was written by Schnack on February 16, 2017

Talking Warmth

February or April? It says February on the calendar, but if feels like late March. By the weekend it will feel more like April. The map below shows above normal temperatures across most of North America.

 

 

It hasn’t been much of a snowy winter. Through Feb 13, Waterloo has had only 14.4″ of snow. The chart below shows how it compares to normal on this date and the record amount. All the numbers up to Feb 13.

 

 

The 14.4″ of snow makes it the 4th least snowy winters since 1950.

 

 

There doesn’t seem to be any signs of cold air to produce any snow through the end of the month. Temperatures are likely to be above normal for the eastern half of the US through the end of the month.

 

 

 

The map below shows snow still on the ground across north central and northeast Iowa today. I doubt it is going to last long with no snow on the ground north and south of this area. A bare ground can warm faster and help melt the snow it surrounds. The bare ground heading into the weekend is also part of why it is going to get so warm. Highs in many locations are forecast to reach the low 60s.

 

 

 

Some records might be in jeopardy as we get into the weekend.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on February 13, 2017

Snowfall Comparison

For many of us across eastern Iowa, it seems as through we’ve had a lot less snowfall than last season.  If you are thinking that, you’re correct.

Waterloo and Dubuque are the only cities that have an official snowfall observation.  Here’s a look at where our snowfall amounts stand compared to last season (through February 10th), and what we normally see the entire season.  We are just past the halfway point of winter.

Here’s a look at the measured amount of snow each winter season over the last 10 years for Waterloo and Dubuque.  Both cities have had quite a range of seasonal snowfalls.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 10, 2017

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Heavy Snow in Northeast U.S.

Snow reports from the northeast storm. Click here for details

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This post was written by Schnack on February 9, 2017

Snow Reports as of Wednesday Afternoon

A clear sky reveals where snow is on the ground from last night and previous storms.

 

 

Here are some of the snow reports as of Wednesday afternoon 02/08/2017:

Waterloo 0.2
Dubuque Trace
Cedar Rapids 1.0
Iowa City 1.4
Ainsworth 7.4 N 1.0
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.4
BELLE PLAINE, IA 1.1
CASCADE, IA Trace
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.5
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 1.2
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.7
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.2
Central City 6.7 W 0.2
COGGON, IA 0.2
Dysart 3.1 N 0.4
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Trace
Ely 0.5 SE 1.5
FULTON, IA Trace
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Trace
HAMPTON, IA Trace
IOWA CITY, IA 1.0
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.5
Kalona 7.3 NNW 1.0
LOWDEN, IA 1.0
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Trace
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.1
MARENGO, IA 1.5
Marion 1.2 NE 0.5
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.5
North Liberty 1.5
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.2
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.5
Sigourney, IA 1.0
Solon 0.3 ESE 1.8
STANLEY 4 W, IA Trace
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.5
WASHINGTON, IA 1.2
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.3
Waterloo NWS Snowfall, IA 0.2
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 2.0

Iowa City – Courtesy Kyle Miller

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 8, 2017

Snow totals from Jan 24-25

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January 25 2017 snowfall map

Snow Totals - 4 Lines

8.9″ Lansing
8.8″ Waukon
8.0″ Calmar
8.0″ 2 miles SW of Nashua
8.0″ New Hampton
8.0″ West Union
7.8″ 6 miles SSE of Lourdes
7.7″ Monona
7.5″ Pikes Peak State Park
7.0″ 2 miles W of Ionia
7.0″ 1 mile WNW Waucoma
7.0″ Allison
7.0″ Dorchester
6.9″ Clarksville
6.8″ 5 miles ENE of Nordness
6.3″ Fayette
6.0″ 6 miles NNW Aplington
5.0″ 2 miles NNW of Fayette
5.0″ Decorah
5.0″ 6 miles WNW of Waukon
4.0″ Strawberry Point
3.0″ Volga
3.0″ 1 mile WNW of  Oelwein
2.7″ 6 miles SSW of Elkader
2.6″ Edgewood
2.5″ Jesup
2.3″ St Olaf
2.3″ 2 miles E of Oelwein
2.2″ Wadena
2.0″ 1 mile SW of Evansdale
2.0″ Guttenberg Dam 10
1.5″ 1 mile NW of Guttenberg

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This post was written by Schnack on January 25, 2017