THE CLIPPER PARADE....
**This is Rebecca and I'm posting this update early Saturday night and I'll have another one in the morning as snowfall totals roll in**
A clipper is on the way to the area and will bring snow overnight into Sunday morning. Fluffy snow will quickly accumulate as the clipper moves through.
Here's a look at the latest forecast from the National Weather Service:
Pretty on par with the latest models... here's the HRRR:
And the European:
The trends lately have been to track the system further northeast, with little to no snow southwest of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City/ and Quad Cities line... while a band of 3 to maybe 5" falls in northeast Iowa into northwest Illinois.
Snow will wind down around 3-5 am but roads will likely still be slick into Sunday morning where it snows.
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Temperatures will drop through the day on Sunday and it will be much colder outside compared to Saturday:
There will then be another clipper that moves in Sunday night into Monday morning:
Still some uncertainty on how much snow this system will produce, however the snow ratios should be high enough to produce a fairly fluffy snow in the areas that see it, especially up north.
Here's the European:
And the GFS:
And the NAM:
Accumulation will be lighter with this system, but could be around 1 to perhaps 2" in the northern third of the area.
Temperatures will be in the 20s on Monday afternoon and then quickly drop in the evening as arctic air follows this clipper:
We'll bottom out well below zero on Tuesday morning:
And it actually gets colder from there Tuesday night into Wednesday.. we'll talk more about the snowfall trends and the brutal cold in my next post...