2011: First Accumulating Snow of the Season

Iowa DOT Traffic Cam showing snow

Six years ago this coming Tuesday, the first accumulating snow of the season was forecasted to fall over portions of central and eastern Iowa. A strong low was developing over the Midwest, and was pushing to the north-northeast across the central Plains.


Showers and thunderstorms began to overspread much of southern Iowa by Tuesday evening, November 8th. As the surface low deepened over northeast Missouri, and southeast Iowa late Tuesday, the rain then switched over to snow.


Heavy wet snow accumulated fairly quickly across the state. The National Weather Service offices across central and eastern Iowa issued winter weather advisories in anticipation of this first accumulating snowfall of the season. Snowfall totals were forecasted to range from 1 to 5 inches.


By Wednesday morning, November 9th, road conditions across central and northeast Iowa were in poor shape. The rush hour commute Wednesday morning to work was slow going, due to the newly, heavy wet snow that had fallen during the early morning hours Wednesday.


The highest snowfall totals were reported from Des Moines and points southward. In Creston, a snowfall measurement of six inches was reported. In Winterset, a snowfall measurement of seven inches was reported. In northeast Iowa, only 1 to 3 inches was reported. Temperatures by Wednesday afternoon warmed to above freezing, melting much of this snow off of the roadways.

Looking ahead, our first accumulating snow of the season is still some time away, as temperatures this coming week will be above normal. However, it is always good to be prepared, as the weather can take a complete turn overnight.

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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