We have been really spoiled with temperatures the past few days. Highs on Monday were in the upper 60s across northeast Iowa, with the lower 70s across the southwest two-thirds of the state. These temperatures on Monday were above normal, and they look to stay above normal through the weekend. Tuesday will be similar to Monday, only difference is temperatures will only be a couple of degrees cooler.
Wednesday we will have a wind out of the south and this will allow us to tap into some warmer weather to our south. Highs on Wednesday will be similar to those we experienced on Monday. The main focus will be a cold front that will be approaching the state by Wednesday evening. The front will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Right now, the timing of the rain is in question, but it appears rain will begin to enter western Iowa around 9pm. This line will continue to move to the east through the overnight hours Wednesday and into the early morning hours on Thursday. Rain should be out of the state by Thursday morning. The clouds will then begin to decrease from west to east in the afternoon hours on Thursday.
After all said and done, rainfall totals will be around a quarter of an inch, with some area receiving a half an inch of rain. A few of these higher forecasted total areas include: Ames, Creston, and Sioux City.
The weekend is looking absolutely beautiful and dry! Highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday will range from the upper 60’s in northeast Iowa to the mid to lower 70’s across southwest Iowa. Our next system will move in on Monday, and this will bring cooler temperatures, and another round of rain. Get outdoors while you can and enjoy!