A CALM, COLD WEEK AHEAD...
December started like a lamb. The first 11 days were bone dry and temperatures were running above normal by around 6-7 degrees. And now we have snow on the ground and a chill in the air. Here's the latest snow depth in the Midwest as of Sunday morning:
It's not unusual to have snow at this point in the season. In fact, many areas had more snowfall at this point last year. Here's a look at the snowfall for the last ten years through December 12th in Cedar Rapids:
And for the Quad Cities:
It's hard to draw a comparison to how this year will be just based on these first few snow events, but we have had an early start.
The next five days, at least, should be snow free. We'll see snow gradually melt away with periods of sunshine and temperatures eventually warming above freezing.
To start the week temperatures will be below normal. High temperatures Monday: