Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
502 PM CST Mon Jan 16 2017

It was an eventful last 24 hours or so across much of the state as
freezing rain and rain lifted through the state. The bulk of the
freezing rain and rain came in the overnight through early afternoon
hours, and was fortunately limited by highs that were generally a
couple degrees above freezing. As of early this evening, precipitation
continued to move through portions of central and northern Iowa, with
northern Iowa possibly seeing a bit more ice accumulation with
temperatures right at freezing. Temperatures further south remained
above freezing.

In total, ice amounts reported across the state generally resided in
the the quarter inch to half inch range. A couple of factors helped
prevent the icing from causing major issues, including light winds and
temperatures hovering around or just above freezing. With total liquid
rainfall amounts pushing in excess of three quarters of an inch in a
number of areas, it could have become ugly quite quickly had winds
been higher or temperatures a couple degrees cooler.

Good news is that temperatures will rise through the week as this
current system exits the region. Temperatures Tuesday will reach the
mid to upper 30s through central and southern Iowa. By Wednesday and
on through the remainder of the week, temperatures will rise well
above freezing, including widespread 40s and possibly a few spots
to around 50. A few spotty showers may be seen by the end of the
week, but the next opportunity for widespread precipitation does not
look to move in until the weekend or later.


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