Regional Weather Summary
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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1055 AM CST Mon Dec 4 2017

Today is a rather busy weather day across Iowa. A low pressure system
and cold front continues to move across the Midwest. Overnight, this
increased cloud cover across all of Iowa. Ahead of the cold front, the
winds have been southerly. This prevented overnight low temperatures
from dropping. Most stations reported low temperatures only in the
lower 50s. Northeastern portions of the state saw some rainfall
overnight and this morning. As of the late morning, Iowa was still
under dense cloud cover with gusty southwesterly winds. Temperatures
in central and southern Iowa had already reached the mid 60s, with
some stations nearly reaching record highs for December 4th.

Across the rest of the Midwest, cloud cover has settled in and wind
gusts have picked up in association with the cold front. Temperatures
in South Dakota behind the cold front were in the upper 30s. In
eastern Nebraska, temperatures were still in the mid 50s ahead of the
cold front, but winds were also gusty at 25 to 30 miles per hour.

For this afternoon, temperatures in central and southern Iowa will be
in the upper 60s. There will likely be some local records either
matched or broken by the early afternoon. The main story throughout
Iowa today will be strong winds. The winds will start southwesterly,
and shift northwesterly as the front approaches. Sustained wind
speeds will be at 25 to 35 miles per hour. However, wind gusts could
reach up to 45 miles per hour, especially in the counties where a Wind
Advisory has been issued. In addition to the winds, areas north of
Interstate 80 will have an increasing chance for rain showers.
Overnight, northwest and northern Iowa will likely see snow mixed with
the rain showers. Coupled with high wind speeds, this could result in
visibility issues this evening in northwestern and northern Iowa.

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