The system that moved through overnight dropped several inches of snow across the state. Snow totals were highest in the northwest part of the state, where some localized areas got 5 inches. Locations in the Des Moines metro area generally received 2 to 3.5 inches. As expected, eastern Iowa received smaller accumulations of less than an inch due to drier air wrapping around on the northeast side of the low. As the snow tapers off into the afternoon and evening hours, winds will shift to the north northwest and increase to 15 to 20 miles per hour. Gusts of 20 to 30 miles per hour are also possible. This could make travel difficult, especially in areas with greater snow accumulations due to blowing snow. Parts of central and north central Iowa remain under a winter weather advisory until 6:00 pm because of this blowing snow threat.
It will be a very chilly night ahead with lows ranging from below zero across northern Iowa to the lower teens across southeast Iowa. The strong winds will add an extra bite into the air Thursday morning. Wind chills will be in the single digits to below zero.
For your Thanksgiving Day, it will be mostly sunny with highs ranging from the teens to mid 20’s, but it will feel like winter has arrived. Northwesterly winds will make it bitterly cold, with wind chills as low as -5 degrees. Tomorrow night, clouds will help keep the temperature up with winds shifting to the southeast to 5 to 10 miles per hour.
Looking ahead to the weekend, sunny to partly cloudy conditions are expected. We will be seeing a warm up on Saturday. Southwest winds of 10 miles per hour will help bring our high temperatures across the state into the lower 40’s to mid 50’s, with overnight lows in the 20’s. Blustery northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour will once again make their way into the state heading into the later part of the weekend. This will cause temperatures to drop, with highs in the mid 30’s across the south to lower 20’s in the north on Sunday. Have a happy Thanksgiving!