Closing Out 2013

coldTalk about a big wake up call today from yesterday. After the strong cold front moved through the state last night, temperatures fell like a rock. Yesterday, Sioux City reached a high of 62. Today Sioux City reached a high of 9 degrees, a 50 degree difference. This was a common theme across the state today with wind chills ranging from –20 to –30 below. The next big question everyone has been asking is when is the next chance for accumulating snow will be, and when we could see a major snowfall.

probThe next chance for accumulating snowfall will be Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. The heaviest of the totals will be across northeast Iowa and this is where 3” to 6” may accumulate. Back into central Iowa, lighter accumulations are expected and this is where 1” to 3” of snow may accumulate. Latest model trends have pushed the moisture to the south so accumulations may need to be adjusted over the next few runs.

weekednAfter this system exits the state, another high pressure will move into the area Wednesday night and we will remain dry though Saturday night. The next system, which is an interesting one, will then move through Saturday night and during the day Sunday. Looking at the models, the EURO is following the path of the GFS, however, it is showing some heavy snowfall totals across the central Midwest. Due to this system still being a week out, a lot will change so we will not go into much detail about this system right now, but the potential exists for another system late next weekend.

For those of you that are hoping for a warm up like we saw yesterday, you are out of luck as the remainder of the week will stay below average. Bundle up and enjoy the rest of 2013!

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:

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