The Hype Begins….180 Hours Out

Well its no surprise, that with the potential of the first major winter storm on the horizon, the hype is coming out. It happens every winter, the questions come flooding in asking, “is this true?”  As we always say, check where your information is coming from. Is it a credible source?

Yes, there is a storm system showing up on the models that would bring our first major snow of the season. We are not discrediting that it’s not there. What we are discrediting is sharing a snowfall map from another source, that shows 24″ to 40″ of snow over Iowa, especially when it is more than a week out.

When a system is a week out, model trends are what need to be watched. Once we get 4 days out, that is when a rough range in snowfall totals is acceptable. Then once we are a day or two out, those totals can be refined to a narrow and more precise range.

Trust us, we are just as excited as some of you for the first major winter storm of the season. You can bet that we will give you the information you need to know, at the right time. We will keep an eye on it, and will let you know when you need to start rushing to the store to buy your bread and milk.

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:

(10) Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m so tired of the hype given to every prediction from the TV weather mouths. It’s nice to have you say, relax. Wait and keep informed as things change.

  2. I’m moving from Iowa to Colorado next week, Wednesday is the scheduled moving day. Started to freak out when I heard that report. Praying that no storm system hits next week. Sighhhh

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