Coldest Iowa Temperature

February 3, 2015

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From the NWS:

On This Day in Iowa Weather History

February 3

1996: Extremely cold temperatures that began on January 31st persisted into early February with wind chills as low as -79 F at Mason City on the morning of the 2nd and high temperatures of -20 F recorded at Elkader and Oelwein that afternoon. Temperatures finally bottomed out on the 3rd with all-time record lows occurring across the region, including -47 F at the Osborne Conservation Center southwest of Elkader which tied the all-time Iowa low temperature record set in 1912. All-time records were broken on the morning of the 3rd at about 20 percent of the official observing sites around Iowa including Albia with a low of -31 F, Muscatine and Toledo at -34 F, Belle Plaine and Indianola at -35 F, Fayette at -40 F, and Chariton where the reading of -38 F broke their all-time record which was set just three days earlier on January 31st. Over the four days from January 31st through February 3rd the statewide average temperature was -13.5 F making it the second-coldest four day stretch on record in the state. Des Moines reported an unprecedented 132 consecutive hours below zero from January 30th into February 4th.

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Tuesday Snow Totals

February 3, 2015

3.2”…Calmar
3.0″…Waukon
2.0”…Decorah
2.0”…Guttenberg
2.0″…Fort Atkinson
2.0”…8 miles NW Waukon
1.8”…8 miles ENE Decorah
1.8”…Dorchester
1.0”…Edgewood
1.0”…Hazleton
0.8″…Wadena
0.8”…Cascade
0.6”…Dubuque
0.5”…Oelwein
0.4”…Waterloo
0.4”…Denver

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Snow Totals Through Sunday Evening

February 1, 2015

Storm Totals

8.3″ Waterloo
12.4″ Dubuque
10.0″ Cedar Rapids
11.0″ Iowa City

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13.0″ Anamosa
12.9″ Vinton
12.7″ Robins
12.5″ Maquoketa
12.2″ Springville
12.2″ Victor
12.0″ Marion
11.0″ Independence
11.0″ Wellman
10.5″ Guttenberg
10.0″ Swisher
10.0″ Toledo
10.0″ Williamsburg
10.0″ Eldora
9.8″ Stanwood
9.5″ Belle Plaine
9.5″ Cascade
9.0″ Traer
9.0″ Aplington
9.0″ Hiawatha
9.0″ Hampton
9.0″ Edgewood
9.0″ Strawberry Point
8.8″ Mount Vernon
8.5″ Wadena
8.5″ Evansdale
8.3″ Denver
8.0″ Hazleton
8.0″ Clutier
8.0″ Parkersburg
8.0″ Oelwein
7.0″ New Hampton
7.0″ Charles City
5.0″ Waukon
5.0″ Decorah
5.0″ St. Ansgar
4.5″ Dorchester
4.5″ Elma

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Snow Saturday Night

February 1, 2015

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Friday Afternoon Update on the Weekend Snow

January 30, 2015

9:30 PM UPDATE to include the WINTER STORM WATCH.

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The sky will be mostly clear tonight.

Jan 30 Vis Sat

Low pressure is forecast to move east across Missouri Sunday bringing snow to Iowa.

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Clouds increase early Saturday morning with snow developing late in the afternoon (mainly after 3 pm). Here is forecast where the snow should be at 7 PM Saturday.

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Snow becomes widespread across Iowa during the evening. Snow continues through Sunday morning before tapering off in the afternoon. Heaviest of the snow will fall from 10 PM Saturday through noon Sunday.

Expect hazardous conditions on the road Saturday evening through Sunday night.

Here is the latest snow forecast.
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The gusty northeast wind will increase Saturday night and remain windy through Sunday blowing. This will cause blowing snow and at times reduced visibility.  The strongest wind will be from midnight Saturday through about 8 PM Sunday.

Jan 30 Wind Forecast

Sunday will be much colder with wind chills during the day near zero or slightly below.  Temperatures remain in the teens throughout the day.

Clouds clear late Sunday night giving us sunshine to start Monday. Clouds increase in the afternoon as we track the next chance of snow to be here Tuesday morning into Wednesday morning.

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Snow This Weekend

January 29, 2015

The latest snow forecast brings snow to the area Saturday evening and continue through Sunday before tapering off in the afternoon. The wind will be strong (N 15-25 mph) Sunday causing blowing snow. Travel will be hazardous Sunday. Blog Graphic 3

 

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Weather Hot Shots on Thu. Jan. 29

January 29, 2015

Submit your weather Hot Shot by clicking here.

One photo is shown on the 5 pm newscast and one on the 10 pm newscast.

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Tornadoes in January…in Iowa

January 24, 2015

From the NWS:

On This Day in Iowa Weather History

January 24

1967: An unprecedented January tornado outbreak struck eastern and southeastern Iowa and portions of Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin. There were at least 13 tornadoes in Iowa with many of these producing significant F2 or F3 damage. Two tornadoes struck Lee County resulting in 10 injuries, and one of those tornadoes produced F3 damage and killed a young child just west of Fort Madison. Another tornado produced F4 damage just across the border in northeastern Missouri before entering Davis County. A cold front moved through the state later that night and on the 26th snow fell across about the southern half of Iowa with snowfall amounts ranging up to 13.5 inches at Burlington, less than two days after tornadoes had touched down in the same area. To put the extremely unusual nature of this outbreak into perspective, this is the only date in January on which a tornado has ever been recorded in Iowa and only one has ever been recorded in February.

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Northeast Iowa Snow

January 21, 2015

Northeast Iowa woke up to new snow covering the ground. Plows were out early this morning clearing the roads. Here are a few images from the IDOT plow cameras

Jan 21 AM Roads

Not everyone had snow accumulate. Many locations had just trace amounts. Here are a few snow reports across northeast Iowa.

Jan 21 Snow Reports

The weak area of low pressure this morning will continue to track east.

Jan 21 Low

 

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Wide Temperature Range

January 19, 2015

January 2015 has had a pretty wild swing in temperatures. Early in the month it was VERY cold and now we are in a stretch of warmer than normal conditions. Looking at the month as a whole, the monthly average temperatures through the 18th are all below normal.

Waterloo: -4.7 degrees
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Dubuque: -5.2 degrees

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Cedar Rapids: -4.1 degrees
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Iowa City: -5.9 degrees
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The recent mild weather had done a job on our snow pack. Take a look at what 5 days of above normal temperatures have done to the snow across Iowa.

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There is a chance of light snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Minor accumulation is possible with areas north of Cedar Rapids with a trace to 1.0″.
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