To start off this afternoon, snow is pushing through the state and this will produce a general 1 to 2 inches of snow. Winds will be light tonight, so we are not expecting any reduced visibilities. This is the good news in our forecast as travel should not be greatly impacted by today’s snowfall. Roads may become slick later on this evening, but light winds will not add to this problem.
Now on to the bad news. If you were hoping for a warm up anytime soon, you are out of luck. Temperatures will remain below freezing for the rest of this month, and look to stay that way into the extended forecast. There are a few more chances of snow this weekend, with the best potential being Saturday night into Sunday. Right now it is too early to get into specifics so look for further updates in the coming days.
The ugly news will be the bone chilling cold. Wind chills Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be dangerously cold that the wind chill advisory will need to be pulled back out again. Adding on top of this misery, the climate prediction center is predicting that there is a 70% chance that temperatures will be below normal in the 8 to 14 day outlook. As you can see from the map below, much of the eastern half of the country will be below average.
If you were wondering what is average for this time of year, highs should be in the lower 30s across the north with the lower 40s across the south. We will be far off from normal this week. Waking up Wednesday morning, temperatures will range from -15 in the north to -5 in the south. Add the wind on top of that and wind chills will be -20 to -30. Like we said earlier, the extended forecast does not bring any good news to this ugly forecast. Stick in there as spring is only 24 days away! As always, look for the very latest forecasts on our Facebook page and right here at Iowachase.com.