SNOW RECORDS FALLING, MORE FLAKES TO FLY....
Another snowstorm has come and gone and for many a fresh 4-8" of powder was the end result of Sunday's storm. Here's some of the totals measured around the Midwest. The state of Iowa clearly the big winner!
A tighter perspective of my area. The 8" at my place was the biggest total of the winter so far.
With this recent event the snow total in Cedar Rapids this season is now at 42.4". For this stage of the winter that is good for 5th snowiest. More importantly, nearly 38" has fallen since January 12th. That's the most ever in a 38 day period!
Here's some of the amounts for the major cities in my viewing area. All the totals are 14 to 21" above normal. Waterloo is having its 2nd snowiest winter ever.
In Cedar Rapids we had a snow depth Monday morning of 13 inches. Oelwein in my northern counties reports a depth of 18". Take a look, the area north of I-80 is impacted the most.
This chart shows snow depths across the Midwest Monday morning.
Notice how much snowfall has increased, over the past 7 days, especially in Iowa. Compare the chart below from February 11th to the one above.
All righty then, after a snow free Tuesday snow again returns Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. This next disturbance is not as well organized as Sunday's but it still has the potential to produce 3-6" totals. As of Monday night winter storm watches are in effect to my west. By daybreak these will be updated to warnings or winter weather advisories and extend across my area.
Here's the latest snowfall forecasts from Monday night's models.
The regional perspective of the EURO.
The 3k NAM
The GEM (Canadian)
After this storm departs, the focus turns to a major storm that could be a real whopper for parts of the upper Midwest. As it stands now, most models project a path that would keep the worst of the snow and potential blizzard conditions just to the northwest of my area. However, problems would still exist from the combination of snow melt and heavy rain before a transition back to snow. Since the track is still in question and there are many complicating factors to consider regarding precipitation types, we'll tackle this storm once the first one departs. Roll weather...TS