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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
345 AM CST Thu Jan 18 2018

What a difference 24 hours can make. At 2 am yesterday, the
temperature was generally in the 0 to minus 5 degree range across
Iowa, with wind chills around negative 10 to negative 20 degrees. At 2
am this morning, temperatures were around 20 degrees above zero, with
wind chills around 10 degrees above zero... an overall temperature
warm up of around 20 to 30 degrees in the past 24 hours. Normal low
temperatures for this time of year are in the mid teens, placing low
temperatures above normal for the first time in the past 8 days. Under
clear skies, winds were from the southwest at around 7 to 12 mph.

For the rest of today, expect the warm up to continue. High
temperatures yesterday were generally in the mid 20s... and for today,
high temperatures should be in the mid 30s to low 40s... a 10 to 15
degree 24 hour temperature increase. Skies should be mostly sunny, and
winds will be from the southwest at around 10 to 15 mph.

The weather should remain quiet until late Saturday through Monday.
During this time, a sizable area of low pressure looks to come off the
Oklahoma panhandle and aim towards Iowa... passing through the state
sometime late Sunday to early Monday. Ahead of this low, drizzle
freezing drizzle is likely through Sunday morning as temperatures will
likely be in the low to mid 30s. By Sunday afternoon, a transition to
rain will occur across central to southern Iowa as highs make it into
the 40s. Then Sunday night behind the low, temperatures will drop and
precipitation will turn to snow. Winds will also be strong during
this time, making blowing snow a possibility.


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