Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA
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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
424 AM CST Wed Feb 22 2017
Mild conditions continue over Iowa early this Wednesday morning.
Southwest winds at 5 to 15 mph are bringing warm air into the region.
Skies are generally clear...but a few high clouds have moved into
northwest Iowa and areas of fog are occurring over eastern portions of
the state where dense fog is being reported. Temperatures vary from
the mid 30s over northwest Iowa...to the upper 30s in the Mississippi
River Valley to the lower 50s over south central Iowa.
Today will be another very warm day with record highs across the
state. This will be the 7th day in a row of unseasonably very warm
weather for the month of February. After the morning fog east...skies
will remain generally sunny with afternoon highs in the lower to mid
60s north and the mid 70s over the south. A cool front will be moving
through the region today and cooler temperatures will return for the
balance of the week and weekend. The next big story to affect the
state will be a strong winter storm. The storm is just entering the
west coast early this morning and will be tracking east in the next 24
to 36 hours. As the storm moves east of the Rockies...areas of rain
and thunderstorms will move into Iowa Thursday into Thursday evening.
Snow will develop on the northwest side of the storm and begin to
impact the northwest third of Iowa Thursday night. With the potential
for moderate to heavy snow over northern Nebraska...northwest Iowa...
southeast South Dakota and parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin...winter
storm watches have been issued. Snowfall totals may reach 6 to 12
inches over the watch area with the highest totals in far northwest
Iowa and southwest to east central Minnesota where more than a foot of
snow is expected. As the storm moves east Friday strong northwest winds
and colder air will move south through the state. This will cause blowing
and drifting of snow and very poor travel over the northwest. Temperatures
Friday will be in the upper 20s north to the upper 50s in the
The remainder of the weekend looks colder with highs generally in the
20s and 30s for Saturday and Sunday with lows in the teens and 20s.
Warmer weather returns next week as temperatures should rebound to the
30s to 50s on Tuesday with more chances for rain or snow.