Much Cooler and Breezy Saturday

 

Snow has completely tracked out of the area by sunrise Saturday. Clouds are quick to follow, leaving mostly sunny skies by late morning. Strong overnight northwest winds become breezy for the daylight hours across the region. For the first time in a long time…we top out below normal. Highs only reach the mid-20s to low-30s (normal highs for late February are in the mid 30s). Winds subside overnight and become southerly. Temperatures fall to the upper teens and low 20s right before sunrise Sunday.

 

 

Sunday will be the better half of the weekend. Though both days feature abundant sunshine and breezy winds, Sunday also stars temperatures near and even slightly above normal. We warm to the mid-30s to mid-40s tomorrow. Monday brings even milder air with less wind and a few more clouds. A chance of rain tracks in Tuesday, leaving breezy to windy conditions in its wake for the rest of the week. Mostly cloudy skies linger on Wednesday before tracking out just in time for next weekend. Temperatures average near/above normal for the next seven days – upper 30s to mid 40s.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 25, 2017

From “Summer” Back to Winter in 48 Hours

Not only did we break the record highs on Wednesday, we shattered them! Records were in the low to mid 60s and we ended the day in the upper 60s to mid 70s!

I hope that you enjoyed it, because Winter is tracking back in.  A strong low pressure system will track from Kansas through southeastern Iowa over the next 24 to 36 hours. This will bring a lot of wind along with a return to winter weather. Much of the viewing area will start off with rain, and even a few thunderstorms, later today into the evening hours.

The far northern counties could see snow taking over before Midnight. Heavy snow is possible there with areas to the south seeing a mix or just plain rain through the nighttime hours.

There is a VERY sharp cutoff between the snow and the rain.  Plus, the ground is pretty warm, so much of the early snow will melt. Having said that, if the snow falls very fast, it will be able to turn into a slushy mess.

As the system tracks to the northeast, more cold air will change all the precipitation to snow by tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Snow and snow showers will continue Friday night into early Saturday morning before we dry out.

Oh… and we will have a lot of wind!  Winds will gust to 30 mph today and up to 45 mph at times tonight with gusts to 30 mph tomorrow.  Any snow will be blown around quite easily and will help to reduce visibilities… no matter how wet and heavy the snow is.

Since this storm is still in Kansas, there is plenty of opportunity for it to change its track. And even a 50 mile shift in that track will change how much snow we end up with. Another problem with pinning down snowfall amounts… the ground is warm, so there will be melting at first, which decreases amounts. There is the possibility of thundersnow, which would increase snowfall amounts. Essentially, this forecast will likely change over the next several hours… and maybe through the entire event… but here is a general idea of how it looks right now.

This forecast will change as the fine details become more clear. Stay tuned to the latest forecast and download the Storm Track 7 app on your mobile device.

 

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This post was written by Eileen Loan on February 23, 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

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

Windy Night Ahead

Here are the highest wind gusts today.

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The wind remains strong through Tuesday morning. It gradually diminishes during the afternoon.

Wind Forecast

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This post was written by Schnack on January 30, 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

Peak Winds Tuesday

Here is a look at the peak wind gusts today.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 10, 2017

Slick Roads Tonight…Another Chance of Rain/Snow Wednesday

8:00 PM UPDATE: The wind advisory has been cancelled. 


6:00 PM UPDATE: The winter weather advisory has been cancelled. 


Tonight: The roads will be slick this evening and tonight. Use caution when traveling. Here is a link to check the latest road conditions. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect through the evening with gusty winds and icy roads. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect this evening for gusty winds. The wind diminishes after the sun sets. A 10-15 mph wind switches to the SW then to SE overnight. Temperatures continue to drop into the teens and 20s by morning. Anything wet will turn to ice. Use caution when traveling and walking. They sky will be clear to partly cloudy overnight.

 

Winter Weather AdvisWind Advisory

 

Wednesday: Clouds increase quickly in the morning with a chance of a light snow shower or rain shower. Temperatures warm into the 20s across northern Iowa with a light snow shower. A rain shower is possible in our southern counties with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. Here is the forecast map for Wednesday afternoon.

 

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Wind Forecast

 

Wednesday Night: A lingering snow shower or flurry is possible otherwise it remains cloudy. It is colder with single digits north and teens south by Thursday morning.

Thursday/Friday: These will be the two coldest days of the next seven…with Friday the colder one of the two. Partly to mostly cloudy sky is expected both days.

Saturday: A 20% chance of light snow as temperatures warm into the 20s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and a little warmer as some locations reach the low 30s during the afternoon.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 10, 2017

Light Snow Possible Sunday with Breezy Winds

DMA 3D AM 2 FutureTrack SatRad - RPM 4km

Clouds track in through the day, so we’ll start with sunshine but expect mostly cloudy skies this afternoon and evening. Due to those clouds, temperatures won’t warm up too much from where we landed yesterday. Don’t be surprised if you see a few flurries as the clouds track in…little accumulation (less than an inch) is expected today in northern counties. The snow moves in and out pretty quickly this evening. Breezy southeast winds could gust to 25 mph at times.

DMA FutureTrack Wind Gust - RPM 4km

Overnight, cloud cover doesn’t allow the temperatures to drop as much…lows will be in the low to upper teens. For the first time in a while, we’ll have nighttime wind chills above 0°.

The clouds hang around eastern Iowa for a few days. An approaching warm front brings the chance for very light snow to northern counties Monday. Less than an inch is expected. Monday night into Tuesday has the potential for wintry mix early. Most of the precip changes over to rain on Tuesday with highs into the mid and upper 30s (40s possible in the south).

After Tuesday, models diverge quite a bit. A few weak systems could bring a few flurries Wednesday into the weekend. We’ll continue to watch until then.

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