Clouds that remind you of spring and summer.
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This post was written by Schnack
Wintry weather makes its return beginning tonight. A potent clipper system tracks to our north, and brings us scattered snow showers, windy conditions, and colder temperatures. Roads could be slick due to refreezing from the melting snow as well.
Tonight, the wind picks up out of the NW between 15 and 25 mph, gusts could be 35mph+ at times. We will also be tracking scattered snow showers that will be wind driven, and the snow that’s already on the ground in northwest portions of the viewing area will be blown around, creating reduced visibility. Blizzard Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in places for northern and western portions of the viewing area through Monday evening. The worst conditions will be outside the KWWL viewing area. The worst of the blizzard-like conditions will be northwest of the KWWL viewing area.
Total snow accumulations will be trace to 1″, with isolated 2″ possible
Winds will stay strong through Tuesday with bitterly cold air settling over us for a few days. Highs will only be in the low teens with lows dipping below zero Wednesday morning. Wind chills Wednesday morning could be 15 to 25 below zero.
Travel is expected to be hazardous tonight and tomorrow morning over most of the viewing area, but especially along and north of Highway 20.
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A Blizzard Watch is out for northern parts of the viewing area, not because of heavy snow, but for the winds whipping around the snow that is already on the ground. The watch is for Chickasaw, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler and Grundy counties from 3 PM Sunday to 6 PM Monday.
Sunday will be partly to mostly cloudy and windy. A clipper system moving to our north will bring very gusty winds during the day, with snow showers possible later in the afternoon.
Winds will be out of the west on Sunday from 10 to 20+ mph, with gusts 35+ mph possible in the afternoon. Near whiteout conditions are possible late Sunday and into the day on Monday.
PLEASE REMEMBER: A blizzard, by definition, does NOT have to do with the amount of snow that falls.
The better chance for scattered snow showers will be Sunday night and Monday. Snowfall amounts will be anywhere from a couple tenths to about an inch, with one to two inches possible in northeast Iowa. Again, the snow will be blowing around creating travel issues.
Winds will stay strong into Tuesday before the system tracks away from us.
Stay tuned to KWWL and KWWL.com for the latest as we track this storm system.
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17 of 49 Bowls Played indoors(34.7%)
18 of 49 Bowls had a Trace or More of Rain at nearby Airport(37%)
2 Bowls had Snow on Game Day (1982,2006)
1 Bowl played during an Ice Storm (2000)
Warmest High Temperature of 82° (1973,2003)
Coldest High Temp for Dome Game 16° (1982)
Coldest High Temp for Non-Dome Game 43° (1972)
Wettest Super Bowl .92 inches (2007)
Outside Games With High Wind Gust (1980, 1984, 1989,2007)
The above stats come from William Schmitz (Southeast Regional Climate Center)
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Blizzard or near blizzard conditions are possible Sunday afternoon into Monday afternoon in eastern Iowa. Right now a Blizzard Watch is in effect for north central and northwest Iowa. This area could be expanded farther east as we get closer. Light snow is forecast to fall (1-2”)..that is not the big story. The bigger concern is the strong wind (gusts to 45 mph) Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon. The snow that fell early this week and the additional 1-2” expected to fall will cause hazardous travel conditions. Again this is for Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon.
The area of concern for the significant blowing snow will be in locations where the deeper snow pack is. The map below shows the snow depth across the area as of Friday.
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If you haven’t heard already, February 5th is National Weather Person’s Day.
This “holiday” is to commemorate the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. Jeffries is said to be one of the first people to take weather observations beginning in 1774. Twice daily, National Weather Service offices across the United States send up a weather balloon with a radiosonde that measure different weather parameters at different layers in the atmosphere. Jeffries took the first weather balloon observation in 1784.
From the National Weather Service: “National Weatherperson’s Day was created to recognize the men and women who collectively provide Americans with the very best weather, water, and climate forecasts and warning services of any nation in the world.”
All of us with the KWWL Storm Track 7 weather team appreciate you tuning in for your eastern Iowa forecasts each and every day.
Last night the official low temperature at the Waterloo Airport was 4 below zero. It seemed a bit low so I checked other reporting stations in Waterloo and Cedar Falls to compare. I found most were 5-10 degrees above zero for overnight lows. So that is a 10-15 degree difference just across town. Very interesting. The images below show the locations of the temperatures compared to the airport. There is temperature plot as well as a list of weather conditions before and after the low occurred. The blue highlighted portions is when the low was reported. So if your thermometer this morning was not below zero…you are not alone.
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Story from the National Weather Service:
The video below is the time lapse of the entire storm.
Here is time lapse from when the storm was over the Pacific Ocean and the evolution across the Midwest.
|Anamosa 3SSW, IA||0.5|
|BELLE PLAINE, IA||3.0|
|Central City 6.7 W||1.0|
|CHARLES CITY, IA||9.0|
|Decorah 6ESE, IA||8.0|
|Decorah 7.9 ENE||7.3|
|Dubuque #3, IA||2.4|
|Dysart 3.1 N||3.2|
|ELKADER 6SSW, IA||5.3|
|Ely 0.5 SE||0.3|
|GRUNDY CENTER, IA||5.7|
|GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA||5.0|
|IONIA 2W, IA||7.0|
|IOWA FALLS, IA||9.0|
|MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA||3.2|
|Marion 1.2 NE||1.5|
|NASHUA 2SW, IA||8.0|
|New Hampton 0.4 SW||6.8|
|NEW HAMPTON, IA||13.0|
|Nora Springs 2.4 SSE||9.0|
|Oelwein 0.8 WNW||6.0|
|Quasqueton 1.8 S||2.4|
|Solon 0.3 ESE||1.0|
|STANLEY 4 W, IA||6.0|
|TOLEDO 3 N, IA||3.0|
|VOLGA 1NE, IA||7.5|
|Waterloo 1.8 SSE||5.8|
|WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA||1.0|
The map below was the forecast:
Here are some snow totals from the western part of the state.