Snow Northeast

The heavy snow Sunday and Sunday night is still visible on the satellite image this morning.

Snow on DMA Vis Black



Posted under Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on March 26, 2015

Melting Snow

Take a look at how fast the snow has melted across the nation. The % on the graphic is snow the snow cover. 1


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This post was written by Schnack on March 9, 2015

Snow Depth as of Friday Evening

The snow depth comes from the climate reports by the National Weather Service.

7″ Waterloo
8″ Dubuque
6″ Sioux City
9″ Moline, IL
7″ Madison, WI


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This post was written by Schnack on February 7, 2015

Snow Saturday Night

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Posted under Update, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 1, 2015

Who Is Ready For Snow?

Forecast Bar

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low: 12-17. Wind: NW 5 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: 28-34. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Friday Night: Increasing clouds. Low: 18-22. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Cloudy with an 80% chance of snow. High: near 30.

Sunday: Snow ends early AM then partly cloudy, windy (NW 15-30 mph) and cold. High: (teens before sunrise)…most of the day temperatures will be near 5 degrees. Wind chill: 10-20 below zero with blowing snow.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 10% chance of light snow late PM. High: single digits.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and windy (N 15-25 mph) with a 30% chance of light snow AM. High: near 10.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: single digits.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: teens.

Weather Extra Bar

Ready or not we are going to have more snow fall this weekend than we did during the entire month of December. That is not going to be hard. Most locations saw less than 1” of snow in December.

Our weather is going to be dry through Friday night. Low pressure over the southwest part of the nation is forecast to track northeast.

Jan 1 500 Mb Map

The low is forecast to track through Missouri Saturday and head toward Michigan by Sunday morning. Northwest of this track will be the heavier snow. This track puts that heavier snow band across eastern Iowa. This heavier band could receive more than 4” of snow (southeast of a line from Waterloo to Prairie du Chien).

Blog Graphic 1

Any deviation in the actual track compared to the forecast track will adjust the position of the heavier snow band. So keep updated on the forecast for any adjustments.

Here is potential liquid in the storm to be used for snow.

Jan 1 QPF

The snow is forecast to develop mid morning Saturday and taper off early Sunday morning, with the heaviest of snow falling Saturday night. The wind will be light through Saturday evening. Around 10 pm Saturday the wind will increase from the northwest as the surface low crosses the Mississippi River. At this point the wind gusts will be near 35 mph causing blowing snow with reduced visibility and making travel hazardous. The wind diminishes Sunday evening, after 6 PM.

Jan 1 Wind

In addition to the wind and snow it is going to be COLD. Sunday high temperatures will occur shortly after midnight and then drop into the single digits as the sun comes up. Temperatures remain in the single digits throughout Sunday. Combine the wind and cold Sunday and you get wind chills in the teens and 20s below zeronext week will be mainly in the single digits and possible low teens. While at night the temperatures will drop below zero.

Blog Graphic 2

There is another chance for light snow as a quick moving low moves across the state Monday night. Too early on snow amounts, but with it being so cold any amount of moisture will bring some accumulation. Once that low moves east the wind again kicks out of the northwest causing blowing snow and dangerous wind chills Tuesday.


Posted under Forecast Discussion, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on January 1, 2015

A Look Back at a Winter Storm in December 2009

On this date we were dealing with a blizzard. Most of the state was dealing with heavy snow, strong wind and very cold temperatures. The average state snowfall from this storms was 10.2″. It would be the 3rd snowiest storm for the state.

Dec 8 Snow

Here is a look at the snow depth across the nation on the morning of December 10, 2009.

Dec 8 for Dec 10 Snow Depth


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This post was written by Schnack on December 8, 2014

Snow Cover Update

The snow cover this morning is 17.9% across the nation. If you compare that to last year on the same date there is a big difference. On this day (Dec. 8) it is the lowest % of snow cover since at least 2003 and last year was the highest %.


The way the forecast looks today, through Christmas, the chance of any snow is very slim.


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This post was written by Schnack on December 8, 2014

December Snow

The first two days of December have been dry and the next 7 days are forecast to remain dry. The temperature outlook through the middle of December is above normal. We might also stay dry for this stretch of time as well. Compare this to December last year.



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This post was written by Schnack on December 2, 2014

Snow Cover

Here is how much snow cover is across the lower 48 on Thanksgiving.



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This post was written by Schnack on November 27, 2014

24 Hour Snow Totals



6 AM Monday to 6 AM Tuesday

Location County 24 Hr
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.6
Dubuque Dubuque 1.1
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.6
Iowa City Johnson NA
Amana 4.7 W Iowa 0.3
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 0.5
BRIGHTON, IA Washington 0.1
CASCADE, IA Dubuque 0.4
COGGON, IA Linn 0.4
COLWELL, IA Floyd 0.2
Coralville 1.8 NW Johnson 0.4
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 1.0
De Witt 0.9 N Clinton 1.1
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.4
Delmar 2.3 NW Clinton 1.0
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque 1.1
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 0.7
EDGEWOOD, IA Clayton 1.0
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 0.5
GILMAN, IA Poweshiek T
GRINNELL 3 SW, IA Poweshiek T
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA Clayton 0.2
LAKE MILLS, IA Winnebago 0.3
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin T
LOWDEN, IA Cedar 1.7
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware 0.1
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson 1.5
Marion 1.2 NE Linn 0.6
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 0.5
MUSCATINE 2 N, IA Muscatine T
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 0.5
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 1.0
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 0.5
Rose Hill 4.0 NNW Mahaska T
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.7
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell 0.2
STANLEY 4 W, IA Buchanan 0.1
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.5
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 0.3
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 0.1
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 1.0
Waterloo NWS Snowfall, IA Black Hawk 0.6

Posted under Precipitation Totals, Winter Weather

This post was written by Denice Pelster on November 25, 2014