A clipper system will pass through today (Christmas day) with a quick round of light snow and gusty winds. A series of systems will follow into January, so read on for the details…
The system will start with snow increasing across northwest Iowa by early afternoon and this activity expanding southeast through this afternoon/evening. Areas in western Iowa near the frontal zone may have sleet mixing in at times given temperatures aloft. The clipper will continue a southeasterly push tonight into Monday morning with activity tapering off later tonight into Monday morning.
Wind gusts of 20-30 MPH are likely for a brief time in western Iowa with the onset of the event. A second wave of 30+ MPH gusts will come late tonight and during the overnight period for west and central Iowa before decreasing Monday morning. The gusty winds could reduce visibility at times during falling snow. Amounts for the event will be on the light end with a trace-2” of snow.
The active pattern will continue through the first week of January with a series of storm systems between now and then. I will be watching this closely and issue updates as needed. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Iowa Storm Center.
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