Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA
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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
501 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017
Our recent stretch of record warmth continued to fade away overnight
with the passage of a cold front into Missouri and Illinois. This left
behind increasing low cloudiness and colder temperatures through Iowa
early this morning, only in the 30s north to middle 40s southeast.
Winds were north to northeast at 10 to 20 mph.
Although there wasn`t any precipitation across the region heading
toward daybreak these dry conditions certainly will not last long.
Low pressure is expected to deepen rapidly today and tonight as it
moves from the Central Plains this morning into the southern Great
Lakes by late Friday afternoon. A wide variety of precipitation is
forecast to develop along and northwest of this track with showers,
thunderstorms, snow and even blizzard conditions all possible tonight
and Friday. Various Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warnings, Winter
Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Watches are all in effect from
Nebraska and South Dakota through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. A
swath of heavy, wind blow snow and blizzard conditions is anticipated
from the Siouxland area into southwest Wisconsin. Snow amounts may
reach or exceed 12 inches in these areas.
Conditions should improve heading into the weekend with dry conditions
to start, but temperatures will be much colder with highs by Saturday
only in the 20s and 30s and lows in the teens and 20s.