Record highs to snow chances

Today felt more like May than February. Daily record high temperatures were broken easily. At the same time all-time February record highs were broken.

Tonight: Increasing clouds late and cooler with lows in the upper 30s.

Thursday: Cloudy and cooler yet still above average again…just not 60s and 70s. Highs range from 45 north to 54 south. Rain moves into eastern Iowa during the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Temperatures remain above freezing with lows in the mid to upper 30s. Rain chances continue and the wind increases from the northeast at 15-30 mph.

Friday: Rain chances continue through the day. A few hours of the day might actually turn sunny before clouding over again. Far northern Iowa rain mixes with snow in the afternoon. The rain transitions over to all snow overnight across all of eastern Iowa.

Saturday: Light snow continues into the morning before tapering off by noon. A strong northwest wind, with gusts to 35 mph, continues to pull in cold air. High temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s across the area, with colder wind chills.

Sunday: Light snow showers are possible throughout the day with high temperatures in the 30s, and a SW wind 10-15 mph.



Posted under Forecast Discussion, Records, Temperatures, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 22, 2017

More record highs this week

It was another warmer than normal day. The map below shows the high temperatures for Monday.

Rain amounts were light with most locations less than 0.50″.

Tonight: Light rain/drizzle ends by midnight with clouds clearing after midnight. The wind is light with patch fog developing late. Lows: 37-44.

Tuesday/Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warm both days with records highs (60s). The wind is from the southwest at 5-15 mph.

Thursday: We start our cool down here. High temperatures are in the mid 40s with the wind increasing from the northeast. Light rain showers enter eastern Iowa during the afternoon.

Friday: This day is going to be interesting. A strong northeast wind is associated with a storm approaching eastern Iowa. Rain should be widespread in the morning. Isolated thunderstorms are possible in southern Iowa. Highs in the 40s fall as the storm moves east of the Mississippi River changing rain over to snow. Early indications the heavier snow would fall roughly northwest of a line from Tama to Dubuque and much lighter snow southeast of this line. The snow would taper off late Friday night. We are many days out so reliable snow amounts and exact locations are not there yet.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy windy and colder with highs near 30.

Sunday/Monday: There is chance of light snow each day with highs in the low 30s.


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This post was written by Schnack on February 20, 2017

TRACKING: Warm Monday with Rain & Storm Chances/Winter’s Return

We’ve got quite a bit of different weather coming at us in the next seven days.  First off, I hope you were able to enjoy the record-breaking temperatures this weekend.  Here are the record highs from Sunday.

Tonight, clouds increase ahead of our next storm system.  Patchy areas of fog are possible with lows dropping into the upper 40s and lower 50s, with a SE wind 5-15 mph.

Moisture increases across the region on Monday, leading to off and on showers and even a few thunderstorms during the day, as the center of the storm system tracks to the north.  Highs will still be warm in the upper 50s to middle 60s (records in jeopardy once again).  Winds will be S 10-20 mph.  Generally 0.25″ to 0.50″ of rain out of this system.  We will watch area rivers and streams for rises due to runoff.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be nice days, with once again record-breaking high temperature potential.



Feb. Waterloo Dubuque Cedar Rapids Iowa City
21 65 (1930) 63 (1930) 68 (1930) 69 (1930)
22 61 (1984) 61 (1985) 64 (1984) 63 (1922)

We begin cooling down on Thursday, with a chance for rain in the afternoon.  This is part of a strong storm system that will track very close to eastern Iowa, bringing a lot of wind, rain, wintry mix, and snow as we head late Thursday night into Friday.  This will bring cooler temperatures back to the region next weekend.

Still too early for details, but stay with KWWL Storm Track 7 for updates.


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 19, 2017

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

Unseasonably Warm February Temperatures

It felt more like May than February today.

It’s no secret this month has been warm.  Several daily high temperature records for February 17th were broken across the state of Iowa.

It’s not often that it reaches 70° in February across eastern Iowa.  Here are the number of times it’s reached 70°+ (including today) in the big four, as well as the all time record high temperature for February on record.


We also found that Washington has reached 70° or warmer 7 times during February since 1921.  That number is now up to 8 as of today.

Another interesting fact about today…the difference between the low in the morning, and high during the day.  The difference for today all made the top ten in the big four.


Posted under Records, Stats, Temperatures

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 17, 2017

Is it really February?

It is hard to believe it is the middle of February with high temperatures almost 30 degrees above normal. No snow on the ground across Iowa. Even the piles will be gone by the end of the weekend.


We took at look back to see how many times have we had a high of 60 degrees or warmer in February in the last 30 year. Not too many, but we did reach 60 degrees last year once.

Did you really think he was correct?


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This post was written by Schnack on February 15, 2017

Warmer Temperatures Ahead

Our temperatures across eastern Iowa have been up and down this month, with mainly warmer than average days.

The warming trend will continue through at least the next week.  Even on our coldest day, Tuesday, highs will likely be slightly above average.  Temperatures will range from the 30s to the 50s this week.  Some areas may be approaching 60° next weekend.

The temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center has a high chance of above normal temperatures February 20th-25th.  So, this basically takes us through the rest of the month with above average temperatures.

For details on the temperatures, head to


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 12, 2017

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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


High temperatures today were more like late March/early April.


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This post was written by Schnack on February 10, 2017