Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Despite what people felt today around the state, temperatures in the upper teens at best with wind chills ranging from near zero to over 30 degrees below zero. The temperatures should be even colder tonight with lows in the single digits below zero to the negative teens in northern Iowa. The winds should be a little calmer, meaning wind chills will once again only be in the -20 to -30 range across the state tomorrow morning. High temperatures on Wednesday in the west will begin to reflect on what the state has coming for the remainder of the week, while the east stays in this quick cold spell. Highs should range from the mid teens across the northeast, to the lower 30s along the Missouri River. Overnight lows will drop into the single digits for the northeast quarter of the state, the teens northwest and southeast, and the lower 20s for areas along the Missouri and in the southwest. The entire state should see these lows come during the early nighttime hours, with steadily rising temperatures after midnight.

These rising temperatures during the overnight will set the state up for a very nice day on Thursday, Friday, and through the weekend for that matter. Southwest winds of 10-20 mph with clear skies will allow high temperatures from the mid 30s in northeast Iowa to the lower 50s in the southwest. Overnight lows on Thursday will be near 20 in the north, to near 30 in the south. The warm-up continues on Friday with even warmer temperatures, lower 40s across the northeast to the mid 50s in the southwest! The ridge responsible for these warmer temperatures does begin to move out of the state on Friday evening, which will lead to slightly cooler temperatures on Saturday. A look at the weekend forecast, and the potential for thunderstorms early next week in the next update!