A strong pacific storm system will bring a risk for gusty winds, wintry mix and accumulating snow later today through Thursday so read on for the details…
A cold front will make it’s way across the state today leading to gusty northerly winds and along the edge of the front will be some rain showers that develop late this morning and through this afternoon generally east of I-35 in eastern Iowa. This wave of precipitation will slowly move east into southeastern Iowa with rain changing to a wintry mix later tonight as we mix some colder air with the warm air. This will lead to an ice risk with a quick glaze-0.05″ of ice accumulation across southeast Iowa later tonight into early Thursday morning.
I have seen trends south with the snow risk in the last day which I mentioned back on February 12th that this would happen but it just took time for models to calculate the actual outcome. Now that said, I do think that we can still see additional shifting south through the day today which we will have to watch closely. So this is a going forecast with uncertainty on the table. As of right now snow would increase across extreme southeast Iowa by midday on Thursday and then exit this area by Thursday evening as the system moves off to the east. In addition to the snow on Thursday, gusty northerly winds will be likely statewide with another round of windy conditions on Friday. The forecast radar and first call snow/ice/wind forecasts are below.
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