Sunday’s the first day of spring but winter’s giving Iowa another dose of the white stuff today. It’s been snowing in parts of northern Iowa since last night and National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Johnson says some areas could get nearly a foot. A winter storm warning is up for north-central Iowa, basically from Highway 20 north. The closer to the Minnesota border you go, Johnson says, the more snow you’ll get, with some areas expecting ten inches, perhaps more. He says most of central and southern Iowa will escape the flakes. The lower two-thirds of Iowa will likely stay above freezing and should just get rain, mixed with a few thunderstorms this afternoon. Johnson says despite the official start of spring being a matter of a few dozen hours away, the spring-like weather is sometimes delayed. He says “Meteorologically, it doesn’t exactly follow the calendar, however we should turn the corner here hopefully in the next couple of weeks and get some warming up.” Johnson expects much of the snow that falls today in northern Iowa to melt off within the next several days, as highs should be back in the 40s and possibly the 50s next week.
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