Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA
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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1051 AM CST Thu Feb 16 2017
Here it comes! After much fan fare and anticipation, it`s finally
here. Extremely warm temperatures for February will begin today and
hang around through the weekend. Before getting into those details
though, this morning was on the chilly side with lows below freezing
across the state. The coldest areas were in eastern Iowa that dipped
down into the lower 20s in a few areas. By late this morning
temperatures had risen about 10 to 15 degrees over morning lows into
the mid 30s to mid 40s from northeast to southwest.
Okay, now some more details on the warmth. With southerly winds
establishing themselves today and generally into next week, highs in
the 50s and 60s will be entrenched across the state. Friday will
likely be the warmest day with highs approaching 60 state wide. Areas
through central and southern Iowa will even flirt with 70 degrees.
With all of the warmth, a number of record highs will be at risk
beginning today and into Saturday. The most likely areas to see
records fall will be central and southern Iowa.
Precipitation wise, dry conditions will prevail through the weekend
before a wave of moisture moves through Monday. As the rain moves
through, a rumble or two of thunder will be possible as well,
continuing to make it hard to believe it is only mid February.