Much of Iowa’s midsection from Council Bluffs to the Quad Cities saw one last gasp of winter on this first full day of Spring. Steve Teachout, at the National Weather Service, says the same storm system that dumped up to 25-inches of snow on parts of Nebraska on Monday brought a wide section of Iowa anywhere between two and six inches of snow.
Snowfall totals were around five inches at Des Moines, Winterset and Lorimor, while it ranged from three to six inches at Rockwell City, Carroll and Jefferson, while in the east, Brooklyn, Zearing and Jewell had a range between two and four inches.
While the heavy, wet snow made driving difficult for many Iowans, Teachout says its arrival is much-welcomed by Iowa’s farmers. He says the moisture really helps the agriculture and the dryness we’ve had over the past six or eight months, as southern Iowa really needed the precipitation. He says the farmers will be very thankful as the snow begins to melt, which should be several days from now.
Teachout says the forecast calls for warmer weather, with highs in the 40s and 50s, by Sunday. He predicts this is “it” for winter. Teachout says he’s “going on a limb” to say this is likely the last snowfall for the season, though he says Mother Nature may still throw us another curve ball. The Iowa Highway Patrol says there were no reports of any fatal accidents statewide overnight, but there were plenty of fender benders.