Winter doesn’t officially arrive until late December but much of Iowa got an early taste of it over the weekend, and there’s more winter-like weather on the way this week. National Weather Service meteorologist, Brad Small, says 11 counties in northern Iowa are under a Winter Weather Advisory today.
The advisories call for one-to-two more inches of snow in areas of northwest and north-central Iowa, including cities like: Estherville, Sioux Center, Algona, Spencer and Forest City. Over the weekend, Small says there were a couple of new records set in Iowa for cold temperatures.
He says there were also records set for the earliest snowfall. Many Iowa communities are seeing forecasts for high temperatures this week that are 20-degrees colder than normal. Early today, Ottumwa tied a record of 25-degrees set on October 12, 1987. Small says this week’s weather will be more of the same.
“Cold, damp and dreary” is how he sums it up, with lows in the 30s, highs in the 40s, plenty of clouds and continued off-and-on rain. See the forecast at “weather.gov”.
Contributed Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City