THANKSGIVING: Rain/Freezing Rain/Snow

Rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow will be likely on Thanksgiving. Cold air will spill into eastern Nebraska and western Iowa on Thursday. Rain is likely to change to freezing rain and sleet for a period of time on Thursday, followed by light snow. While some uncertainty remains regarding the duration of freezing rain, the potential for significant travel hazards due to the ice exists on Thanksgiving day into early Friday.

Because of this, a winter storm watch will be in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening. Rain will change to freezing rain and sleet by around midday close to interstate 80, and by around sunset in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Light snow accumulation may then follow the ice and sleet on Thursday evening into Thursday night.

Freezing rain may bring significant ice accumulation of up to a tenth to a quarter inch during the day on Thursday, followed by an accumulation of sleet and then an inch or less of snow. North winds of 15 to 20 mph, with higher gusts are possible on Thursday into Friday. Should significant icing materialize, the combination of ice and wind may create power outages. Ice, sleet, and snow could create treacherous travel conditions on Thanksgiving day into early Friday.

Iowa snowfall forecastSnowfall will also be likely, mainly across northwest Iowa. Snow will begin Thursday morning before eventually wrapping up by Thursday evening. Snowfall totals will range from 2″ to 4″.

If you will be traveling Thursday, you will want to continue to check back for the very latest updates as travel may be a little tricky.

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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