Many of us woke up this morning to the newly fallen snow. Totals ended up around 1″ to 3″ inches across most of the state, with the exception across northwest Iowa, where they ended up with 5″ to 6″ of snow. If you were wanting to build a snowman, you may have some issues as 1) unless you live across northwest Iowa, you don’t have enough snow and 2) this snow was a very fluffy snow so not good snowman building snow.
The good news we have for you, is we are done with the snow for awhile, however, we aren’t done with the cold temperatures quite yet. If fact, temperatures will be getting even colder before they finally warm up.
A cold front will push across the state this evening, and as it does, our temperatures will drop and the winds will pick up. Winds will begin to pick up across western Iowa around 10pm after the cold front moves through. Eventually the whole state will feel the impacts of the cold front by early Monday morning. The peak of the wind will come late morning/early afternoon Monday. This is when winds will be gusting up to 35mph.
Lows tonight will range from the mid single digits across northern Iowa to the lower teens across southeast Iowa. However, with the strong winds, the feel like temperatures will be below zero. Heading off to work or school Monday morning, you will want to layer up as the feel like temperatures will be 5° to 15° below zero.
After the front moves through tonight, highs will only make it into the mid to lower teens. Winds will continue to be breezy through the afternoon and early evening hours before gradually weakening by late evening Monday.
Because of the combination of the fluffy snowfall and the strong winds, a winter weather advisory has been issued for portions of northern and northwest Iowa. We may see a few more counties added to this later on. The strong winds will reduce visibilities after 3am Monday morning. Visibilities may drop to under a half a mile at times due to the blowing snow.
The very latest statistic from the National Weather Service in Des Moines is that the city of Des Moines has been below freezing for 5 consecutive days and we are going to add a few more to that before things warm up. The record for consecutive days below freezing in November is 8 set back in 1985. And it looks like we are going to break this record as the next chance for above freezing temperatures is Saturday. Not a record that we want to brag about to say the least.
The remainder of the seven days looks to stay dry with our next potential system not expected until next weekend, and that could bring a chance at a rain/snow mix as temperatures will be above freezing during the day.