Many areas of Iowa had their first major snowfall of the season over the weekend and will soon experience another trademark of winter – bitterly cold temperatures.
National Weather Service meteorologist Allen Curtis says areas around Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City received significant snow Saturday night into Sunday. “For the most part, northeast and eastern Iowa did see the most snow, generally three to five inches. The Quad Cities area got anywhere from eight to 10 inches of snow,” Curtis said.
There’s little snow in the forecast, but temperatures will begin taking a nosedive. “The big story this week is definitely going to be the cold temperatures,” Curtis said. “There will be a couple of scant opportunities for some dustings of snowfall, primarily across southern portions of the state. But, for the vast majority of the state, it’s just going to be the first truly really cold temperatures of the season.”
While today’s highs are expected in the upper 40s west to the upper 30s east, by Thursday and Friday, highs will struggle to climb out of the teens statewide – with overnight lows in the single digits in many locations.