Probability of Snow

The chance of 2″+ snow by Saturday morning.

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Posted under Update, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 22, 2017

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.

 

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Posted under Forecast Discussion, Records, Temperatures, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 22, 2017

Feb 21 Snow cover comparison

Here is a look back at the snow cover from the last few years.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on February 21, 2017

Jan/Feb Snowfall

The Winter that never was…should be the title of the winter 2016-17. We have had just a handful of days with snow and not much cold weather. The data below shows the amount of snowfall in Jan/Feb…combined for the last 10 years.

Waterloo

Dubuque

 

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Posted under Precipitation Totals, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 16, 2017

Talking Warmth

February or April? It says February on the calendar, but if feels like late March. By the weekend it will feel more like April. The map below shows above normal temperatures across most of North America.

 

 

It hasn’t been much of a snowy winter. Through Feb 13, Waterloo has had only 14.4″ of snow. The chart below shows how it compares to normal on this date and the record amount. All the numbers up to Feb 13.

 

 

The 14.4″ of snow makes it the 4th least snowy winters since 1950.

 

 

There doesn’t seem to be any signs of cold air to produce any snow through the end of the month. Temperatures are likely to be above normal for the eastern half of the US through the end of the month.

 

 

 

The map below shows snow still on the ground across north central and northeast Iowa today. I doubt it is going to last long with no snow on the ground north and south of this area. A bare ground can warm faster and help melt the snow it surrounds. The bare ground heading into the weekend is also part of why it is going to get so warm. Highs in many locations are forecast to reach the low 60s.

 

 

 

Some records might be in jeopardy as we get into the weekend.

 

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Posted under Long Range Outlook, Precipitation Totals, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 13, 2017

Snowfall Comparison

For many of us across eastern Iowa, it seems as through we’ve had a lot less snowfall than last season.  If you are thinking that, you’re correct.

Waterloo and Dubuque are the only cities that have an official snowfall observation.  Here’s a look at where our snowfall amounts stand compared to last season (through February 10th), and what we normally see the entire season.  We are just past the halfway point of winter.

Here’s a look at the measured amount of snow each winter season over the last 10 years for Waterloo and Dubuque.  Both cities have had quite a range of seasonal snowfalls.

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Posted under Precipitation Totals, Stats, Winter Weather

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 10, 2017

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Heavy Snow in Northeast U.S.

Snow reports from the northeast storm. Click here for details

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This post was written by Schnack on February 9, 2017

Temperatures Below Zero

There have not been too many very cold days in Jan/Feb. The amount of days with the low temperature of zero degrees or colder is rivaling 2012.

 

I know there is still a lot of Feb and into March to go. The next seven days does not have any below zero temperatures in it. The 8-14 day temperature outlook shows above normal temperatures are likely from Feb 16-22 and that doesn’t leave much time for very cold air.

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Posted under Temperatures, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 8, 2017

Mild Winter…so far

According to the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) it has been a mild winter in Waterloo…so far.

http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/research/awssi/indexAwssi.jsp

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This post was written by Schnack on February 8, 2017

Snow Reports as of Wednesday Afternoon

A clear sky reveals where snow is on the ground from last night and previous storms.

 

 

Here are some of the snow reports as of Wednesday afternoon 02/08/2017:

Waterloo 0.2
Dubuque Trace
Cedar Rapids 1.0
Iowa City 1.4
Ainsworth 7.4 N 1.0
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.4
BELLE PLAINE, IA 1.1
CASCADE, IA Trace
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.5
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 1.2
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.7
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.2
Central City 6.7 W 0.2
COGGON, IA 0.2
Dysart 3.1 N 0.4
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Trace
Ely 0.5 SE 1.5
FULTON, IA Trace
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Trace
HAMPTON, IA Trace
IOWA CITY, IA 1.0
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.5
Kalona 7.3 NNW 1.0
LOWDEN, IA 1.0
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Trace
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.1
MARENGO, IA 1.5
Marion 1.2 NE 0.5
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.5
North Liberty 1.5
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.2
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.5
Sigourney, IA 1.0
Solon 0.3 ESE 1.8
STANLEY 4 W, IA Trace
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.5
WASHINGTON, IA 1.2
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.3
Waterloo NWS Snowfall, IA 0.2
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 2.0

Iowa City – Courtesy Kyle Miller

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Posted under Precipitation Totals, Winter Weather

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