After waking up to another bone chilling morning, temperatures will begin to warm up slightly for your Friday. Lows this morning bottomed out in the negative single digits, with the coldest locations across northeast Iowa, and this is where lows this morning were -11°F. As mentioned, a push of warmer air will begin to enter into the state by early Friday morning. Ahead of this warmer air, light snow will drop in from the northwest. Right now, only light snowfall accumulations look to be possible from a line extending from Sioux City, Des Moines, Ottumwa and to the northeast. Accumulations will range from a half inch to as much as an inch and a half.
Temperatures on Friday will range from the upper teens across eastern and northeast Iowa to the lower 30’s across western Iowa. Waking up Friday morning, the winds will be gusting out of the south at 15mph to 20mph, so this will make the feel like temperatures in the single digits to below zero. As the warmer air begins to push into the state, winds will continue to gust out of the south, but wind chills will range from the teens to 20’s.
Earlier this week, there was talk of another system that would move across the southern half of the state. However, this system appears to be staying far enough to the south, that only possibly far southern Iowa along the Iowa/Missouri border may get brushed with light snow. Any accumulations from this will remain on the lighter end.
Looking ahead to next week, temperatures will continue to be below average with arctic air continuing to filter in. There are a couple more chances of light snow next week as well, but any accumulations will remain on the lighter side. On the plus side, spring begins in 29 days!