Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA
AWUS83 KDMX 281048
Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
448 AM CST Tue Feb 28 2017
Skies across Southern Iowa were cloudy overnight while across the
Northern half...only partly cloudy skies were reported. A few
thunderstorms developed across the far Southern portion of the state
shortly after midnight along a warm front that was situated in that
area. As the storms moved East they weakened but they did produce pea
to nickel hail near Mount Ayr. Temperatures varied widely across the
state based on sky cover and snow on the ground. Across the South
where lower clouds created and overcast sky, temperatures were in the
40`s and 50`s. Across the North, temperatures were in the lower 30`s
over snowpack and mid to upper 30`s elsewhere. Winds were light out of
the South across Southern Iowa and East to Southeast across the North.
A surface low will move East/Northeast across the region today. A
warm front from the low will extend from Southeast Nebraska into South
central Wisconsin. Along and South of the front temperatures will be
unseasonably warm with highs in the 60`s and North of the front highs
will be in the 40`s and 50`s. Periods of rain will occur today with
some thunderstorms possible across the Southeast third of Iowa and
locations South and East. Some storms this afternoon may be robust and
produce marginally severe hail and a few strong wind gusts.
Tonight as the low shifts East and an upper level trough moves in
colder air will move into the region and change the rain over to snow.
Some locations across Northeast Iowa, Southeast Minnesota into
Southern Wisconsin may see a couple of inches of snow out of this
system. Another weak disturbance will sweep across the region on
Thursday but light precip is all that is expected with this system.
The precip will fall as snow across the Northeast and rain across the
central and Southeast portions of the state. Highs after today will be
seasonal...in the 30`s and 40`s with a nice warmup expected for the
weekend with highs in the 50`s and 60`s.