A clipper system will hit the forecast area Thursday with a thump of accumulating snow, followed by a milder system next week, so read on for the full details…
An Alberta clipper system will slide through the forecast area starting in the northwest zone late Thursday morning, advancing southeast into central Iowa by early afternoon and then the eastern zone later in the afternoon. This activity will exit from west to east later Thursday evening through late night. A quick 1-4″ of snow accumulation is likely in most zones of the forecast area. The system will also have brief wind gusts of 25-35 MPH later Thursday night overnight into your Friday morning. A layer of fresh powder on the ground will lead to reduced visibility with blowing of snow overnight into early Friday morning before the system slides off to the east. The forecast radar and snow forecast are below.
Then a strong ridge over the eastern states will be the key feature for above normal temperatures to filter into the area next week with highs in the lower 30s for all forecast zones. We will tap into a southerly flow through the end of the month, like that of an October pattern. This will give us at least two sets of storm dates with the first one Jan. 22-25 and the second one shortly behind it. The Iowa Storm Center models show early indications of rain showers breaking out in the early to middle part of next week but due to snowpack across the area, surface temperatures are only around 32-33F. I will continue to sample the system and update more on this later.
Forecast Radar – Thursday
Snow Forecast – Thursday
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