After Sunday’s heavy snow, expect warmer weather all week and plenty of melting

News, Weather

February 22nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Up to nine inches of snow fell on parts of western Iowa on Sunday, but there will be plenty of melting today (Monday) as temperatures climb into the upper 30s and lower 40s. It’s been a month of bitter cold with Sioux City breaking records dating from the 1930s, with two days at 28-degrees below zero. Meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff, at the National Weather Service, says more extreme cold is unlikely.

Last week’s negative temperatures came from what’s called a trough, a dip in the jet stream that allowed arctic air from Canada to move into the central United States and as far south as Texas.

The forecast calls for high temperatures all week to remain above freezing, though tomorrow (Tuesday) may be the warmest day of the week. The Weather Service warns any snow that melts on roads today will likely refreeze quickly tonight once the sun goes down, producing icy spots and potentially hazardous travel.

Here are some of the area snowfall reports as compiled by the National Weather Service:

  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  5″
  • Massena  3.5″
  • Anita  3″
  • Neola  6″
  • Clarinda  1″
  • 9.5″ in Onawa
  • 9.0 in Little Sioux
  • 8.5″ in Woodbine, Crescent & Missouri Valley
  • 8.0″ in Vail and Carter Lake
  • 8.0 in Castena
  • 7.5″ in Dunlap
  • 6.5″ in Odebolt
  • 6.0″ in Schleswig
  • 5.5″ in Carroll
  • 5.0″ in Manning and Glenwood
  • 3.1″ in Adel