The Iowa DOT reports all major highways in the state are either partially or completely coated in snow or ice following this weekend’s storm. Portions of western Iowa are under a wind chill advisory ’til noon today and a few schools delayed the start of classes this morning.
Brad Small of the National Weather Service in Johnston says the snowfall was heaviest in central and north central Iowa.
“We did see widespread snows across much of Iowa, anywhere from one to four inches,” Small says. “A few spots saw up to five inches, with those max amounts closer to five in immediate the Des Moines metro and…from Humboldt over toward maybe Clarion.”
The snowfall ended around midnight.
“Being replaced by colder temperatures, obviously,” Johnson says.
At eight o’clock this morning, the temperatures ranged from 12 degrees in Burlington and Keokuk and far southeast Iowa to throughout nearly all of Iowa was between zero and nine below zero in Sheldon in northwest Iowa. Spencer recorded the lowest wind chill index, with a feels-like temperature of 31 degrees below zero at 8 a.m. Temperatures won’t rise much today.
“And then we’ll see a few chances of light snow, the main one for Iowa will be Tuesday night,” Small says.
Temperatures are expected to rebound later this week.
“We’ll see highs in the 20s for Thursday and Friday and maybe even pull close to 30 as we get into the weekend,” Small says, “so there is some good news in the forecast.”
There wasn’t a lot of moisture in Sunday’s light, powdery snow, meaning it accumulated rather quickly. The snow caused slick driving conditions throughout the state. About 50 accident-related calls were made to emergency services in the Cedar Rapids area by late Sunday afternoon.
(Reporting byPat Powers of KQWC; additional reporting and editing by Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson)