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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1149 AM CDT Sat Apr 14 2018

Yesterday`s Spring weather has given way to today`s Winter weather in
Iowa. This morning a few clusters of weak thunderstorms moved through
Iowa, with wind gusts of 40 miles per hour and up to penny size hail.
Temperatures overnight ranged from the upper 20s in northern Iowa to
upper 30s in southern Iowa. Cloud cover remained dense most of the
evening. By late morning, the clusters of weak thunderstorms moved
northward, remaining as rain showers but then transitioning to a
rain-snow mix. Temperatures were still in the low 30s in northern Iowa
with upper 30s in southern Iowa. In extreme northwest Iowa, heavy snow
snow has been taking place with blizzard conditions being reported.
Minor flooding has also been or is close to occurring on rivers and
streams north of the highway 20 corridor.

Blizzard cnoditions and substantial accumulating snow has been the
story for much of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest over the last 12
hours, especially in Nebraska and South Dakota. Elsewhere around the
region, temperatures have been much colder as the system continues to
pass through with dense cloud cover in most locations.

For today, the most concerning activity will be in northwest Iowa with
blizzard conditions forecast. Visibility will be reduced, near zero
in some locations during the worst conditions. In extreme northwest
Iowa, 8 to 10 inches of snow is forecast to fall. Throughout the
afternoon, snow will work its way through northwestern, northern and
central Iowa. Rain and ice pellets will likely be mixed in. The
heaviest amounts of snow will remain and to the northern and
northwestern portions of Iowa. In addition to accumulating snow, gusty
winds will create blowing snow situations which will reduce
visibility. Travel will be extremely hazardous if not impossible in
northwest Iowa, and difficult in northern and central Iowa later this
afternoon. Temperatures will remain in the 30s for most of this
afternoon. The bulk of the activity will move out of Iowa Monday
morning, but a few lingering snow showers may still be around.
Conditions should remain relatively dry Monday afternoon into Tuesday
afternoon. Temperatures will slowly rebound back into the 40s on
Monday and a few locations may hit the lowers 50s on Tuesday.



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