Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1211 PM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

Precipitation activity has picked up overnight and into the morning
hours. Moderate snow showers developed over northwestern Iowa, and a
few thunderstorms fired up near central Iowa and moved through
northeast Iowa. One of these thunderstorms was severe with quarter
size hail. Other thunderstorms resulted in a accumulating pea size
hail or sleet. As the morning has continued, snow rates have
drastically increased in northern Iowa. By the afternoon, a few
locations had already received 7 to 8 inches. Travel in northern Iowa
has been hazardous. Temperatures this morning and into the afternoon
have been in the lower 30s.

Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota have been seeing accumulating snow
this morning and into the afternoon. The heaviest amounts thus far
have been between the Hwy 20 and Interstate 90 corridors.
Temperatures have been in the low 30s. South of Interstate 80,
conditions have not been as bad across the Plains and Midwest. A few
rain showers have been reported. Further south in Kansas and Missouri,
skies have been slightly clearer with temperatures in the mid 50s.

For today, heavy snow will continue for most of northern Iowa. Snow
totals could range from 8 to 10 inches along the Iowa Minnesota
border. Snow amounts will be less south of Hwy 20, and will be less
than 1 inch along and south of Interstate 80. Temperatures this
afternoon will be in the mid to upper 30s along and south of
Interstate 80. Further north where the snow pack will build,
temperatures will remain in the lower 30s. Low temperatures this
evening and overnight will be the mid 20s north to lower 30s south.
The bulk of the activity will move out of Iowa late this evening.
Going into the weekend, skies will clear up and temperatures will
finally feel like Spring. Temperatures will reach the mid 50s and may
even hit 60s in some locations.



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