The weather will be getting active in the next 48 hours. By Wednesday morning, light freezing drizzle and snow will begin to enter western Iowa. Very little accumulation will be expected from this round of mixed precipitation.
Some of the higher resolution models do produce enough flurries that a minor dusting of snowfall could be possible across portions of central and western Iowa.
Behind this system on Wednesday, a second system will begin to approach the state by Thursday afternoon. This system will be more impressive than the one on Wednesday. This system will bring a better chance of accumulating snow, however, temperatures will be key. A cold front will be dropping to the south from Canada during the day on Friday which will begin to drop temperatures. Temperatures initially will be warm enough to keep the precipitation as rain, but as the cold front drops temperatures, rain will transition over to snow. As of now, it is still too early to be forecasting specific snowfall totals, but a couple inches of accumulation may be possible.
As this system departs Saturday morning, arctic air will be moving into the state by early next week. Temperatures next week will be the coldest that we have seen thus far this season. Continue to check back for the latest updates right here on iowachase.com, or on Facebook and Twitter!