Snow Potential

Light snow and flurries will move out of eastern Iowa early this evening. The sky will turn partly cloudy and remain that way through the night. Lows tonight are not as cold with temperatures staying in the teens. Here is a look at the dusting of snow in Waterloo Friday evening.

Clouds quickly move back in by sunrise Saturday and linger through the day. A light snow shower or flurries are possible through Sunday morning. Any accumulation would be less than 1” and most locations less than 0.5”. The sky becomes mostly sunny Sunday afternoon. Saturday is warmer with highs in the 30s compared to Sunday with frigid temperatures in the teens and a gusty north wind.

We are tracking a better chance of light snow accumulations for Monday. Early indications show snow starting late in morning and tapering off in the evening. A couple of inches of snow are possible across eastern Iowa. The map below shows the area most likely to see 2″+ of snow Saturday evening through Monday evening.

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Posted under Forecast Discussion, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 2, 2018

Flashback: Groundhog Day Blizzard

Today marks the 7 year anniversary of the 2011 Groundhog Day Blizzard, which brought a foot or more of snow to portions of eastern Iowa, as well as gusty winds 40-50 mph.  Blizzard Warnings extended from Michigan to Oklahoma.

Here’s a look at the snowfall across the region:

The heaviest band of snow fell in portions of Missouri, far eastern Iowa, and northern Illinois.  The wind caused snow drifts of 2 to 5 feet, with some drifts as high as 10 feet.  The storm caused major travel issues, closing many roads.

Here are the surface weather maps from February 1st, and February 2nd.  Low pressure strengthened in Texas and tracked northeast through Illinois, into Indiana and Ohio.  The heaviest snow fell on the northwest side of this system.

February 1st, 6 AM weather map

February 2nd 6 AM weather map

 

Click here for a nice write up of the event from the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities.

Here are some pictures from the Quad Cities (Meteorologist Kyle Kiel took them)

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Posted under Weather History, Winter Weather

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 2, 2018

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More Clouds

Clouds are moving east this afternoon.

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Posted under Clouds

This post was written by Schnack on February 2, 2018