Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
522 PM CST Sun Jan 15 2017

For most of the state, it was simply a cloudy and cool day while
waiting for the freezing rain and other winter precipitation to move
in. Highs were generally around or just above freezing, along with
light southerly winds. Southern Iowa was the most adventurous today as
light freezing rain and drizzle made their way in through the morning
and early afternoon hours. As of early this afternoon, temperatures
were only a couple degrees cooler than daytime highs, but put many
areas at or below freezing already this evening. The light freezing
rain and drizzle also continued to slowly march northward, residing
just south of the Des moines area.

Hammering home the main story of the last few days, freezing rain and
drizzle will keep working north through the evening, eventually
blanketing the state by the morning hours. The areas that are expected
to see the most ice accumulation are central and western Iowa, where a
quarter inch of ice or more may result. While those areas are under
ice storm warnings, areas within the winter weather advisory will also
see ice accumulations, but mostly under a quarter inch. As a result of
any winter precipitation, especially ice, travel will likely become
hazardous at times. Untreated roads in southern Iowa are already icy
and will continue to be so overnight as ice accumulations continue.

As the system exits the area Tuesday, temperatures will warm up into
the 40s and even some 50s through the middle and later portions of the
week. While the warmer temperatures will be welcomed by many, they may
cause some river issues, including flooding and ice jams, as the river
ice breaks up and begins to flow down river.


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