Today we had another above average day. Temperatures ranged from the upper 30’s to mid 50’s across the state. The coolest spot in the state today was in Estherville coming in at 38°. This may seem cold compared to the 54° in southwest Iowa, but this high was 14° above average. Just like Estherville, the rest of the state was 15 to 20 degrees above average today.
Sunday will be very similar to our weather today. Temperatures will range from the upper 30’s to the lower 50’s. These above average temperatures will continue to stick around through Monday before the cooler weather begins to work back into the state by the middle of the week.
There will only be a couple precipitation chances this week. The first one will come Monday night as a cold front will move through the state bringing a chance of light snow across northern Iowa. Behind this front, temperatures will be cooler on Tuesday. Another quick moving system will move through the state again on Wednesday night, bringing another shot of light snow and colder temperatures.
The end of the week will stay dry, but our temperatures will be back near average. Looking ahead to the long range, it is looking like mother nature will be making up for this mini stretch of warm temperatures. The way it is looking, it is going to feel a lot like winter going into February as arctic air looks to return to the state.
The good news for those of you that do not like the snow, even though it may feel like winter, it’s not going to look a whole like winter. This is still 10-14 days out so the models continue to flip flop on the intensity of the cold, but there are signals that winter will be making a strong presence going into February.