Big Iowa Snowstorm: April 29, 1956

It’s been rain and severe weather across the state of Iowa over the last week, but that wasn’t the case in 1956.  Parts of the state were dealing with a snowstorm that dumped heavy snow.  Here is the surface weather map from April 29, 1956.  You can see the low pressure in Missouri, with northwest Iowa being on that northwest side of the storm.
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This is the latest date more than 10″ of snow has fallen in the state of Iowa.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on April 29, 2016

Waterloo Winter 2015-16

Here is a break down of the snow at Waterloo for this winter by month.  Grand total 46.0″.

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Here is the data for Dubuque. Grand total 34.8″
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This post was written by Schnack on April 22, 2016

Iowa Blizzard April 8-10, 1973

Yes, we are talking about a blizzard in April, 43 years ago.  It happened April 8th through 10th, and it set all-time snow storm total records for Belle Plaine and Dubuque.  Belle Plaine received 19.2″, while Dubuque measured 19.2″ over the three day period.

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A strong, 992 mb low pressure system developed and track through the state, creating 65 mph winds and very heavy snowfall.  Here is a look at the surface map from the height of the storm on April 9, 1973.  The high winds and heavy snow created low visibility, and at times produced 16 foot snow drifts.

snow april 8-10To read a bit more of some of the other snowfall totals across the state, and to see some pictures from the event, check out this blog post from the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on April 10, 2016

Winter Storm/Severe Weather Alerts at the Same Time

Here is a map showing the number of days, since October 1, 2005, that a state has had a Winter Storm and/or Blizzard Warning with a Tornado Watch at the same time in parts of the state.

tornado watch winter stormNotice Iowa has had 3 days with this happening.  One of those days was this last Wednesday, March 23rd when northern Iowa had Winter Storm Warnings in place at the same time southwest Iowa had a Tornado Watch.

This happens mostly in Colorado and Texas.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on March 25, 2016

A Few Icy Photos

These photos were taken this morning after freezing rain last night and some sleet and snow.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 24, 2016

Snow From Above

The clouds are clearing and letting us see where the heavy snow fell.
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Here are some snow reports in the snow band.

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Here is a close up view of the snow in southern Minnesota. Take at Minneapolis is. It sits right on the edge of the heavy snow.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 24, 2016

March Snow Totals

 

Here is a look at the March snow totals back through 2000. The “M” in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City data is because there is a lot of missing data or none at all for those locations.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 22, 2016

A Look Back at Another March Snow Storm

March 18-19, 2005

As we wait for the potential of a snow storm, here is a look back at different storm with heavy snow in almost the same area currently in the forecast. The map below shows some locations across northeast Iowa near a foot of snow. Notice how quickly the snow amounts drop off as you move south.

 

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Here is a list of some of the snow reports in Iowa.

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The map below shows the position of the storm on the morning of the 18th.

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Click here for more information about this storm.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on March 22, 2016

Storm Update

The sky remains cloudy across Iowa tonight. Light rain develops Wednesday morning. Areas north of Highway 20 will see the rain mix with snow and then toward to all snow during evening hours. Areas south of Highway 20 will have light rain turn to thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Wednesday night the snow becomes heavy at times across northern Iowa, while scattered light snow showers are possible across southern Iowa. The snow ends Thursday morning with totals as high as 4-8” from New Hampton to Iowa/Minnesota state line. From New Hampton to Highway 20…1-4” of snow is expected and areas south of Highway 20 will see 1” or less.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on March 22, 2016

A View of the Snow From Above

Scattered snow showers brought a coating of snow to some locations in central and eastern Iowa Saturday. The areas that had minor accumulations Saturday were visible Sunday from the air. Ron Mayland was in a plane Sunday and took these photos of just how isolated the snow cover was. Every 5-10 miles he encountered a band of snow like this. Most of them were oriented in a southwest to northeast direction. These photos were taken near Iowa Falls in Hardin County.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 21, 2016