Most of Iowa can sit back and watch while others shovel out from heavy snow that hit overnight. National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Moyer says the big storm caught one corner of Iowa. He says the heaviest snow fell across the extreme southeast part of the state with up to eight to nine inches of snow in Keokuk and Davenport. Moyer says that system has now moved into Illinois.
Moyer says Iowa wasn’t far from getting covered in ice — or a big white blanket. Moyer says we did dodge a big snow and ice storm as the main area of precipitation was in eastern Oklahoma, through central Missouri into the Great Lakes. Moyer says while Iowans don’t have to shovel — the trade off is turning up the heater.
Moyer says the main reason we didn’t see the snow and ice in Iowa is the cold arctic air mass over the state that kept all the moisture to the southeast. Moyer says that cold air kept temperatures below normal and the cold stuff will stick around for awhile.
Moyer says the below-normal temperatures will continue into the next week with surges of arctic air keeping temps in the 20’s and 30’s. A winter storm warning remains in effect for southeast Iowa until noon today (Friday).