We will start off by breaking down this weekend. This weekend will be fantastic with seasonal temperatures ranging from the upper to lower 40s on Saturday, to the mid to lower 40s on Sunday. It is possible that far northern Iowa could see some flurries or very light snow Sunday evening, but with dry air near the surface, this will limit precipitation. This chance will shift to the northeast corner of the state on Monday, but once again, with dry air near the surface, precipitation will be limited to flurries or very light snow.
The pattern will start to change into mid next week as a large trough will develop in the western United States. The beginning of the week will start off seasonal in the state of Iowa, but will quickly change when a cold front will sweep through the state on Thursday. This will plummet temperatures back into the 20s by Friday and even colder temperatures into next weekend. This artic blast will be felt across much of the United States as it will lead to near record cold temperatures stretching from Washington to Colorado to Minnesota. We are also keeping our eye on Friday as there is a possibility for some precipitation, however, at this time we will not go into further detail as it is far too early to get into specifics as a lot will change between now and then.
Because of this big artic blast, the climate prediction center in their 6-10 day and 8-14 day temperature outlook, has placed the state and much of the western United States in a below average temperature zone. It does appear that this winter will start off very cold and it may stay that way.
We will continue to keep an eye on the upcoming week and will update you on the very latest on our Facebook page and right here at Iowachase.com.