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January 19, 2020

Snow and ice are on the ground... clinging to the trees... and now it is bitterly cold outside. First here's a look at the snowfall totals from Friday night's storm...

 Across my local area there was generally 4-6" of snow with some spots picking up a quarter of an inch of ice. That ice actually saved the day... Winds were kicking Saturday afternoon and gusted around 40-50 mph. Where ice did not fall (in northern Iowa, Minnesota) there was fluffy...

January 13, 2020

It's no secret that prior to this weekend winter was nowhere to be found in the Midwest. In fact, temperatures over the last month have been more typical of early November... and we're starting to enter what's typically the coldest time of year. Check out the temperature departures from the last month:

 Fire! Temperatures running five to fifteen degrees above normal... and now we've gotten a reality check. We have ice and snow on the ground. It's...

January 12, 2020

Once again there wasn't much snowfall Saturday. Some very light snow fell in parts of southern Iowa, northern Missouri and Illinois but dry air prevented the system from strengthening. There haven't been many snow reports so far as of Saturday... So we're going to out this system in the rear view and move on to the next. What's clear is the pattern is going to remain active.

 Above is the GFS for the next six days... don't pay too close attention...

January 6, 2020

We've been INCREDIBLY lucky lately. That is... if you're not a fan of winter. Temperatures have been running well above normal and there has been little snow in the last two months. Just check out the temperature departures over the last week!

In the Quad Cities there has been 5.3" of snow since November 12th. Prior to that there was 9.3" from October 28th to November 11th. In Cedar Rapids there was 4.8" from November 12th to now... but from Octob...

January 5, 2020

It was a winter wonderland to start the weekend after Friday evening's snow. Some of us got more snow than others and over really short distances. North central Iowa got widespread heavy snow, but even in parts of eastern Iowa there were some spots that got a half a foot!

 An inch in Cedar Rapids to 6" in Mount Vernon just about 15 miles away... crazy! Temperatures cooled more as this system went to the east, increasing the snowfall ratios (making...

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