Forecasters say a snowstorm is headed for northern Iowa that could dump up to eight inches of snow on the region by Wednesday afternoon. Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik, at the National Weather Service, says the much of Iowa will see at least some precipitation from this storm system.
“We’ll see rain and snow develop during the late morning hours tomorrow and the rain-snow mix line will be along the Highway 20 to Highway 30 corridor,” Podrazik says. “Anything south of that is going to be more rain. Further north, toward the Minnesota border, you’ll see the bulk of the snow.” Anyone who will need to be traveling across Iowa’s northern third during the next 48 hours may have to rethink their plans.
“Snow’s going to really start to accumulate during the late afternoon tomorrow and into tomorrow night,” Podrazik says. “It’ll really impact rush hour traffic across northern Iowa. The winds may really start to develop during the overnight hours toward Wednesday morning, so that’ll cause some blowing and drifting snow and probably some visibility restrictions as well.” Predictions call for the deepest snow to be farther north and nearly 40 Iowa counties are now under an advisory.
“We have a Winter Storm Watch out along the Highway 20 corridor northward, so we’re looking at anywhere from four to eight inches in that area,” Podrazik says. “From Estherville to Mason City, we’re looking at six-to-eight inches and from Fort Dodge, that area, we’re looking at a four-to-six range.”
Cold weather is forecast to remain after the storm passes, with highs statewide mostly in the 20s and 30s and lows in the teens and 20s.
Today: Patchy morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy to cloudy. High 42. NW-S @ 10-15.
Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 28. SE @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy w/light mixed precip. in the morning. Light rain by afternoon. High 41. E @ 10-20.
Wednesday: Mo. Cldy w/flurries. High 30.
Thursday: P/Cldy. High 34.
Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 37. Our 24-hour Low (ending at 7-a.m. today) was 31. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 26 and the low was 15. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 60 in 1981. The Record Low was -24 in 1948.
Early This Morning: Cloudy. Areas of fog. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Today: Cloudy. Patchy fog through mid morning. High in the upper 30s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northeast in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow possibly mixed with sleet and early in the morning. Low in the lower 30s. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Tuesday: Cloudy. A chance of light snow possibly mixed with rain and sleet in the morning, then light rain likely in the afternoon. Some snow and sleet accumulation possible. High in the lower 40s. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
Tuesday Night: Light rain possibly mixed with snow and sleet through midnight, then light snow likely after midnight. Breezy. Light snow accumulations possible. Low around 30. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph increasing to 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
Wednesday: Cloudy. Light snow likely in the morning, then a slight chance of light snow in the afternoon. Breezy. High in the lower 30s. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High in the upper 20s.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE DENSE FOG ADVISORY. VISIBILITY HAS IMPROVED TO WELL ABOVE DENSE FOG CRITERIA. A THIN LAYER OF ICE MAY HAVE FORMED ON SOME EXTERIOR SURFACES OVERNIGHT…USE EXTRA CAUTION IF TRAVELING.
**DENSE FOG ADVISORY until Noon for Cass & area Counties**
Early this morning: Widespread dense fog, mainly before 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. North northwest wind around 7 mph.
Today: Areas of dense fog before 9am, then patchy dense fog after 4pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. North northwest wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Tonight: Patchy fog after 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Monday: Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 42. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.
Monday Night: Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph.
Tuesday: A slight chance of rain, snow, and sleet before 10am, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 10am and 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 8pm. Low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy.
Today: **Dense Fog Advisory until 10-a.m.** Cloudy w/fog & drizzle this morning; P/Cldy this afternoon. High 48. SW @ 5-10.
Tonight: Area of Fog, otherwise Partly cloudy. Low 33. N @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Morning fog; P/Cldy by afternoon. High 41. N/NW @ 10-15.
Sunday night: Mo. Cldy. Low 29.
Monday: P/Sunny. High around 42.
Tuesday: P/Sunny. High 47.
Wednesday: Cldy w/light rain or showers. High 38.
Friday’s High in Atlantic was 42. Our 24-hour Low (ending at 7-a.m. today) was 35. We received .18” (18 one-hundredths) of an inch of rain over the past 24-hours, at the KJAN studios. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 27 and the low was 12. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 58 in 1933. The Record Low was -32 in 1976.
Today: **Dense Fog Advisory until 10-a.m.**
Cloudy w/fog & drizzle this morning; Light rain this afternoon. High 44. SE @ 10.
Tonight: Fog with light rain or drizzle. Low 36. SE @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Cloudy w/light rain or drizzle. High 47. W @ 10-15.
Sunday/Monday: Mostly cloudy. Highs around 42.
Sunday: Mostly Cloudy. High 42.
Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 42. Our 24-hour Low (ending at 7-a.m. today) was 31. We received .02” (two one-hundredths) of an inch of rain over the past 24-hours, at the KJAN studios. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 23 and the low was 15. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 64 in 1895. The Record Low was -26 in 1962 (which was also the All-Time record Low in Atlantic).
Today: Areas of fog this morning; Partly cloudy to Cloudy. High 44. SE @ 10.
Tonight: Areas of fog; Mostly cloudy. Low 33. SE @ 5.
Tomorrow: Areas of morning fog; Mo. Cldy w/light rain in the afternoon. High 45. E @ 10.
Saturday: Mo. Cldy w/light rain ending in the morning. High 47.
Sunday: Mostly Cloudy. High 42.
Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 47. Our 24-hour Low (ending at 7-a.m. today) was 26. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 16 and the low was 9. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 56 in 1895. The Record Low was -38 in 1892 (which was also the All-Time record Low in Atlantic).
We’re several weeks into winter and although it’s been extremely cold and icy at times, many Iowans have yet to see much snow. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says only a few inches of snow have fallen in areas of central and southern Iowa, which typically receives 10 to 12 inches of snow by this point in the season. “Especially when you get down to the southwest corner of Iowa – places like Red Oak, Clarinda, Shenandoah and even down to Lamoni to the east – they’ve only received about two inches of snow so far this winter season,” Hillaker says.
Most of THAT snow fell in December. Sections of northeast Iowa, meanwhile, have been hit with some heavy snow storms. “Several places – Decorah, Osage, Cresco – that part of the state has received around 20 inches or more of snow, which is actually just barely above normal for that corner of the state,” Hillaker says.
Much of north-central and northeast Iowa has had snow cover since December 10. That snow will finally be melting away with the warmer weather that’s expected through the weekend. Hillaker says if it would’ve been a bit colder earlier this week, the rain and ice storm could’ve buried the state in snow.
“If it would’ve been ideal snow conditions with the amount of moisture we had, we probably would’ve seen roughly three to four inches of snow in northwestern Iowa and up to 10 to 12 inches in the southern part of the state,” Hillaker says.
This winter has been slightly COLDER than normal, but that’s about to change. “December ended about one-half-degree cooler than usual and January, up through the first 17 days of the month, is also one-half-degree below the average for the month,” Hillaker says. “But, we certainly have some very mild weather on the way for the rest of this week and maybe a little bit into next week as well.”
High temperatures for the remainder of the work week are expected to range from the mid-30s in northern Iowa to the upper 40s south.
Today: Areas of fog this morning; P/Cloudy. High 48. SW @ 10-15.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 32. SW @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Mo. Cldy. High 42. S @ 10.
Friday: Mo. Cldy w/a chance of light afternoon rain. High 45.
Saturday: Mostly Cloudy w/a chance of morning rain. High around 45.
Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 32. Our 24-hour Low (ending at 7-a.m. today) was 25. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 15 and the low was -3. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 61 in 1951. The Record Low was -28 in 1984.