All 99 Iowa counties are under a Winter Storm Watch as forecasters say another whopper is bearing down on the state, following yesterday’s blast that dumped three to four inches of snow statewide. National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Vahollek says the approaching storm will carry warmer air aloft and a lot of moisture.
With the bitter cold air that’s currently over Iowa, the new storm will produce a lot of freezing rain, especially over southern and southeast Iowa, while farther north there could be significant snowfall of six inches or more. The storm system is expected to arrive Thursday afternoon and continue into tomorrow night and perhaps into Friday morning. Bad news often comes in threes and Vahollek says still more foul weather is on the way.
Another storm system will be passing to the south of Iowa on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, meaning temperatures in Iowa will be dropping drastically. Just how low will they go? He says highs on Saturday may be in the upper teens to around 20 with temps below zero on Sunday morning with highs of only five or ten-above, then back into the deep freeze on Monday morning with lows around ten-below.
Vahollek says, simply, "Brace yourself." For more details, see the National Weather Service website at "weather.gov."