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BUCKETS OF WHITE GOLD...

The first significant storm of the season for my local area dropped heavy snow and created huge drifts on Saturday.

Travel was difficult for much of the day in southeast Iowa into Illinois and Missouri. Luckily the storm came on a holiday and a Saturday, so not many people were out and about.

Snow started in the morning and didn't stop until well into the night. We're still getting snowfall totals but here's a look at the latest reports as of 9 pm Saturday:

And a wider view:

As expected the bulk of the snow fell south of Highway 20 with heavier pockets near and south of I-80. The snow has been difficult to measure due to strong winds creating big drifts - around two feet in some spots!

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The snow added up so quickly because of how COLD it was. Temperatures were in the single digits and teens the entire day leading to high snowfall ratios - this means the atmosphere can do more with less. Take an inch of water and with temperatures at 32° you'll get 10 inches of snow, but with temperatures in the teens you'll get 15 to 20 inches out of it. That's why the snow was so fluffy and easily blown around.

That cold air isn't going anywhere and it will be even colder Sunday morning with temperatures below zero. Wind chills will be in the 20s and 30s below....


Temperatures themselves will struggle, even under the sunshine, on Sunday with all of the fresh powder on the ground:

We'll have some warmer air move in on Monday, but once again temperatures will struggle to rise with the snow on the ground:

2022 came in like a cold, snowy lion. We'll have to see what the rest of the year holds...


RK


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