Last night a strong early season cold front plowed across the Midwest bringing snow showers and bitterly cold weather for early November. The first Iowa sub-zero lows of the season were put up in NW Iowa. Sheldon hit 4 below and Estherville plunged to zero. Mason City had 2. Wind chills hit 15 below!
Snow cover was a contributing factor to the cold across the north. Here's where that fell yesterday.
The snow shows up nice on the satellite with mostly clear skies around the Midwest when this was taken.
The cold had a profound effect on temperatures over SE Iowa and places further south today where readings were down 25 to 30 degrees from Wednesday afternoon. Below you can see the 24 hour change in readings at 4:00pm.
The stage is set for a cold night ahead in my area with lows falling into the range of 10-18 with the coldest again on the north, especially where there is some snow cover.
After a cold day Friday I am expecting a nice warm-up Saturday before another Arctic front arrives Sunday. It could bring some snow Sunday night and then extremely cold air settles in for early next week. Record or near record cold is expected, especially if we can get even a small amount of snow on the ground! This is a big ticket shot of cold air!
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