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We're on the way back to the arctic... air that is. On the way down we encountered ice, which is never fun. At the surface temperatures remained below freezing throughout the day and the ground has been very cold due to several recent snows. As warmer air pushes in the in the mid level of the atmosphere the snow falling way up high in the clouds melts into rain, but then freezes upon contact. Ice is very slick and also difficult to see while driving. Here's a view in the Quad Cities Saturday night and you can see the glean on the highway:

This resulted in many crashes unfortunately, like this one near the Iowa City area:

After spending temperatures in the 20s and 30s on Saturday we're way back down on Sunday due to an arctic front coming in overnight. There may be some light snow showers/flurries and then temperatures take a nose dive:

It will be breezy in the wake of the front and wind chills will be held below zero throughout the day:

We'll be held back Monday as well, even with plenty of sunshine:

The coldest of which will come Tuesday morning:

We then start to work out way back up and Tuesday afternoon we're in the 30s:

We'll talk about how long the warm up will last in my next post...



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