Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA
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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1000 AM CST Thu Dec 8 2016
Winter has arrived early to Iowa. It was cold and breezy across the
region overnight with temperatures falling to the single digits and
teens across the state. Normal low temperatures for this time of year
are in the upper teens, making temperatures from this morning around
10 to 15 degrees below normal. At 7 am, the low temperature in Des
Moines was 13 degrees, it was 12 in Waterloo, and the temperature in
Sioux Falls was 8 degrees. Winds have been from the west northwest at
15 to 20 mph with some higher gusts. Combining temperatures with the
winds produced wind chill values below zero in many areas across Iowa.
Skies have been partly cloudy with a few light flurries reported
throughout the state.
Some clouds and flurries will linger today before pushing off to the
east tonight. Cold weather will continue with afternoon highs only
in the mid teens to lower 20s today and Friday. A more active weather
pattern will then begin with a winter storm system moving across the
region this weekend. This system will likely bring two rounds of
snowfall, the first coming across northern Iowa and southern
Minnesota on Saturday and the second being more widespread on Sunday.
By Sunday night this could result in moderate to heavy total
accumulations up around the Minnesota border, with lighter amounts
down toward central and southern Iowa.
A second storm system will bring a strong arctic cold front sweeping
across the region on Monday night and Tuesday morning. The front will
likely be associated with a band of snow around Monday night, then
followed immediately by strong winds into Tuesday. This could result
in some blowing snow issues and travel difficulties. The front will
also bring even colder weather to the region from Tuesday onward,
with daily highs only in the single digits and teens, and overnight
lows dipping below zero across northern Iowa.