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This post was written by Schnack on December 26, 2012

More Accumulating Snow Possible

UPDATED at 3:50 PM

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy and cold. Low: 1-6. Wind: NE 5 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High: 24-26. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Thursday Night: Cloudy with a 60% chance of light snow. Low: 17-20. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Friday: Cloudy with a 70% chance of light snow. High: upper 20s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High: near 20.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: upper teens.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. High: near 20.

New Year’s Day: Partly cloudy. High: near 20.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: near 20.

There will be some breaks in the cloud cover tonight to allow the temperatures to drop into the low single digits. Thursday may have a little sun early otherwise the sky will be mostly cloudy. The clouds are associated with the chance of snow we are tracking for Thursday night and Friday. The map below shows the chance of 1”+ snow Thursday evening to Friday evening. There is a good chance that most of the viewing area will see 1” of snow.

Eastern Iowa is will see a trace to 2” with isolated 3” amounts north of Highway 20.

The wind will be light as the weak low travels east across Missouri with a trough extended north across Iowa. Here is forecast map for Friday morning.

Once the low moves east the weather will remain quiet through early 2013. Temperatures will remain colder than normal but the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is showing a possible change. Here are the 8-14 day outlooks from Jan 3-9. Iowa is expected to have above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

As of December 25, Dubuque has received 18.2″ of snow so far this season. Last year at the same time we had 2.5″. The normal amount is 12.4″


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This post was written by Schnack on December 26, 2012

December 26

From NWS
: Bitterly cold weather brought the temperature all the way down into the 20s below zero across northern and northeastern Iowa and daily records were broken at numerous locations across the state. The lowest reported temperatures included -26 F at Cascade, Decorah, and Grundy Center, -27 F at Independence, Marshalltown, and Oelwein, -28 F at Cresco, and -33 F at Saratoga.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 26 December 1927 → The worst Christmas blizzard in a century buried the UK. While most of the country experienced snow, the south suffered from the brunt of the storm with drifts in places to 15 feet or more.
 26 December 1985 → Seattle, WA was in the midst of two and a half weeks of heavy fog. Christmas holiday travel was disrupted due to visibility of less than one eighth of a mile. Many flights were canceled and numerous accidents cluttered the highways.
 26 December 2009 → A huge blizzard raged across the Great Plains from the 24th through today. One to two feet of snow, propelled by winds up to 60 mph, buried the area from Oklahoma to the Canadian border. Five people died in Oklahoma.


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This post was written by Schnack on December 26, 2012