Travel with caution this morning. Roads in western Iowa are partially to mostly covered with snow and/or slush. The far western part of the state has the best road conditions (“Normal”), according to 511ia.org For the latest road condition reports, call 5-1-1 or surf to the Iowa DOT’s website (511ia.org).
400 AM CST WED NOV 26 2014
EARLY THIS MORNING…PERIODS OF SNOW AND RAIN. NOT AS COLD. NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 1 INCH. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 2 INCHES. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.
TODAY...CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW BEFORE NOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY…COLDER. LOW AROUND 10. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH DECREASING TO 5 TO 10 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
THANKSGIVING DAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S.
Many Iowans may need to schedule their Thanksgiving holiday travel plans around those of Mother Nature. National Weather Service Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg says one to four inches of snow is expected across the state tonight (Tue) into tomorrow (Wed) morning. “Most of the snow is going to be in northern and north-central Iowa,” Kotenberg said. “So, we’re looking at maybe three to four inches of snow from around the Estherville area, along Interstate 35, north of Ames.” Much of central Iowa, south of Ames, can expect two to three inches of snow. Western and eastern Iowa are forecast to receive around an inch of snow. The snow may present some challenges for motorists.
“I think by 7 a.m., a good part of central Iowa will probably have around one to two inches of snow already fallen,” Kotenberg said. “That means by the time a lot of us head out Wednesday morning, those roadways might already be snow covered and a little bit slippery.” The snow will be followed by a big blast of cold air. “Wind speeds will pick up behind this. We’ll probably see winds of around 15 to 20 miles an hour Wednesday night into Thursday morning,” Kotenberg said.
Some blowing snow is possible on Wednesday. High temperatures on Wednesday will range from the upper 20s to mid 30s, with overnight lows dipping into the single digits.. Highs on Thursday are expected in the teens and 20s.
355 AM CST TUE NOV 25 2014
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…NOT AS COLD. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE EVENING…THEN SNOW LIKELY BEFORE MIDNIGHT. SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 2 INCHES. LOW AROUND 30. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 80 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 50 PERCENT.
THANKSGIVING DAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE EAST IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COOL. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.
Many thousands of Iowans will be on the road this week and their Thanksgiving holiday travels could be hampered by wintery weather. Forecasters say up to three inches of snow is likely this (Monday) afternoon into tonight for a wide section of eastern Iowa, while more snow is predicted for much of the state tomorrow (Tuesday) night into Wednesday. Rose White, at Triple-A-Iowa, says travelers will have plenty of company.
“Forty-six-point-three million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend which is the highest volume for the holiday since 2007,” White says. “It shows a 4.2%increase over last year.” Gasoline prices in Iowa have dropped to the lowest levels in many months, falling more than 30-cents a gallon from last Thanksgiving, while the cost to fly has risen slightly.
“Airfare prices are only up about 1%, fuel prices are down substantially,” White says, “but we are expecting hotel prices to be up about 8% and if you’re renting a car, prices are up about 10% more.” Some people prefer to rent a car for long trips so they don’t put the miles on their personal vehicles, but White notes it’s getting pricey.
“Ten percent is significant so you just need to budget more for car rental expenses,” White says. “Keep in mind though, you’ll incur the savings when you fill up that vehicle.” Regular unleaded gasoline is averaging two-81 a gallon in Iowa, the same as the national average. The Iowa price is down 32 cents a gallon from a year ago. White says travelers are expected to spend an average of $573 over the course of their Thanksgiving holiday travels.
Today – Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 26. Wind chill values as low as 10. Windy, with a west northwest wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as zero. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values as low as 5. West northwest wind around 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night – A 40 percent chance of snow after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Thanksgiving Day – Partly sunny, with a high near 27.
Today -A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly between 2pm and 5pm. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 35 by 5pm. Windy, with a southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming north northwest 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight- A chance of rain before 10pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 10pm and midnight, then a slight chance of snow after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy, with a northwest wind 21 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Monday -Scattered flurries before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as 5. Windy, with a west northwest wind 21 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
Monday Night -Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as 5. Blustery, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Tuesday -Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. West northwest wind 8 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night -A 20 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Wednesday -Partly sunny, with a high near 37.