Breezy First Day of Spring

Welcome to spring, the new season begins with above normal temperatures and breezy winds. We warm into the 50s and 60s today. Clouds begin to track back in late tonight and increase into Tuesday morning. A cold front from the north brings a slight chance of showers Tuesday, but many will stay dry for the first full day of spring tomorrow. It’ll be cooler tomorrow, with highs only in the 40s and 50s (which is normal for this time of year).

A pair of cooler days comes Wednesday and Thursday. Another system, which will track to our south, brings another chance of rain Thursday and storms on Friday. We’ll warm to near 60° late week for a brief warm up before some cooler – yet near normal – temperatures settle in for the weekend.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 20, 2017

Breezy Saturday, Milder Sunday

Overall, the weekend will be mild, if you don’t mind breezy winds. After a windy night, expect winds Saturday to come from the northwest, bringing in cooler air. Highs today reach the 40s. Winds calm briefly but also shift overnight…and the wind shift will be vital to how tomorrow will feel in eastern Iowa. Southeasterly winds Sunday bring in much warmer air. Expect a 10° difference between highs Saturday and highs Sunday for many towns.

However, a chance of rain with isolated storms tracks in late Sunday night/early Monday morning. An isolated thunderstorm is possible. At this point, the risk for severe weather is low with any storms Sunday into Monday.

Showers look like they end by midday Monday (the first official day of Spring), leaving a mild day with highs in the mid-50s. Tuesday and Wednesday will be slightly cooler. Another storm system tracks in late week, bringing rain Thursday and a better chance for more widespread storms Friday.

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

Burning Discouraged Tuesday

A WIND ADVISORY is in effect until 6pm this evening for Winneshiek, Allamakee, Chickasaw, Fayette, and Clayton counties. Winds could gust up to 50 mph today, which could cause some minor damages.

A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect until 6pm this evening for those counties along and south of highway 20. Wind gusts up to 45 mph are possible and coupling strong winds with low moisture content in the air increases the risk for any fires to spread quickly. Avoid outdoor burning today.

For the most part, things stay quiet today. Strong west winds continue today and Wednesday, as well. Temperatures will be slightly cooler (but still above normal) in the low to mid 50s. Mostly sunny skies both today and tomorrow make for a pair of beautiful looking, but windy, days. Highs Wednesday will be even cooler than today – warming into the mid-40s to low 50s.

Winds calm but clouds increase by Thursday. We are tracking several chances for wintry weather this weekend.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 7, 2017

Severe Storms Possible this Evening

A few showers track through early this afternoon. By the evening rush hour, more moderate rain is possible. A line of storms tracks through the area ahead of an approaching cold front. Some storms could potentially be severe. Damaging (straight line) winds will be the biggest threat, followed by large hail and isolated storms. Storms track through the area mainly between 6pm and 11pm.

Strong winds continue behind the storms today. A wind advisory is in effect for parts of eastern Iowa overnight for wind gusts up to 50 mph. Gusty winds continue tomorrow, as well. A cold front tracks through Wednesday, prompting a cool down late this week. Highs return to near normal (low 40s) by this weekend. There is also a chance for wintry weather Saturday and Sunday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 6, 2017

Even Warmer Sunday, Breezy Again

Clouds increase today from west to east. A few areas of spotty drizzle are possible at best. A breezy south wind pulls in warmer air again today…and that continues into Monday, as well. Highs today reach the low 50s to low 60s from north to south. Overnight, a slightly better chance of scattered drizzle or light rain is possible. Mostly cloudy skies keep temperatures warm for an early March night. Overnight lows cool to between 46-50°.

A cold front tracks in from the west Monday. Showers and storms fire up ahead of it. Some of those storms could be strong… possibly severe storms. The biggest threats with any severe storms Monday afternoon would be damaging winds and hail. A tornado isn’t out of the question but is not as likely. Strong winds are possible before storms track through but they may become even stronger as the cold front gets closer. Monday will be the warmest day of the week, with highs running 20+° degrees above average for the date.

Showers and storms track out by early Tuesday morning. Windy conditions, however, linger through Tuesday. “Cooler” air also filters in for the rest of the week. What that really means is that we won’t have any more 60s, but highs remain in the upper 40s to low 50s through next weekend. Normal highs this time of year are in the low 40s.

We are watching a system that could bring another blast of winter weather back to eastern Iowa for next weekend. Don’t forget, we spring forward next Sunday morning and begin Daylight Saving Time.

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

Breezy and Sunny Saturday, but Changes are Coming

The first weekend of March won’t feel much like it. Saturday will be the cooler of the two days, but with temperatures in the mid-40s to mid-50s, it feels like late March instead. Mostly sunny skies through the day make for a pleasant day for outdoor activities. A few more clouds track in tonight. Lows fall to the mid-30s to low 40s.

Clouds increase in number on Sunday. Though…a southerly wind that continues through the entire weekend transfer warmer air into eastern Iowa. Thus, Sunday will be the warmer day of the weekend. Winds also increase tomorrow and become breezy by the late afternoon.

We have a chance for thunderstorms with a cold front that approaches the area Monday afternoon. We’ll be watching this closely as some of these storms could become strong or even severe. Strong winds develop by Monday and continue through Tuesday. Clouds track out Tuesday. Dry conditions are expected Tuesday through Friday. The next chance of rain won’t be until next weekend…when we “spring forward” and begin Daylight Saving Time.

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

Mild Last Sunday of the Month

 

The rest of the weekend remains dry and relatively mild. Highs today will be 10-15° warmer than yesterday’s. We’ll warm to the upper 30s north and those in southern counties will be closer to 50°. A breezy southwest wind is to “blame” for the milder feel today.

Overnight clouds clear out by late morning, leaving mostly sunny skies for this afternoon. Mostly clear skies continue tonight into Monday morning.

Monday starts with mostly sunny skies but by the afternoon, we’ll see a few more clouds beginning to track in. A continued south wind pushes high temperatures up even more tomorrow – mid-40s to mid-50s. A system tracks near our area through the day Tuesday, bringing rain (with a chance of storms south). Behind that system, temperatures fall to near normal by midweek. Strong winds on Wednesday calm slightly for Thursday before tracking out by Friday. Next weekend looks warm with highs both days potentially in the 50s.

And as a reminder, we are two weeks from the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 26, 2017

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