KCRG TV 9 First Alert Forecast
KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019
TODAY: FLURRIES EARLY, THEN CLEARING AND COLD. HIGH 19. NORTHEAST WIND
TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW 16.
TOMORROW: MOSTLY CLOUDY AND WARMER WITH A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. HIGH 38.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY:
DRY FRIDAY AND SUNDAY, A CHANCE OF SNOW AND WINDY SATURDAY. HIGH’S IN THE 20’S & 30’S. LOW’S IN THE TEEN’S & 20’S.
After having some extremely nice and above-average temperature days, winter is coming back in full force across Eastern Iowa. An arctic blast of air will move south from Canada, dropping temperatures significantly to start the week. Highs on Monday will be in the upper 30s, but a cold front will be pushing through that will bring the chance of light rain and snow. Once that moves out, we see a shift in wind and the jet stream aligns to have that arctic air move into our area. Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday will only be in the teens, with single-digit temperatures overnight. Northwest winds will continue to funnel in that cold air throughout the week. Feels-like temperatures will fall below zero, make sure to get all of your winter gear ready!
This past week has featured wonderful weather for early December. However, a reality check is coming soon! Look for sharply colder air as we move into next week, particularly later Monday through Wednesday. We’ve been tracking this Arctic airmass for a while now and it appears we’ll struggle to hit 20 degrees both Tuesday and Wednesday. Wind chills will likely be below zero in the overnight and morning hours with some moderation during the day. This cold air will bring some snow potential, too. At this time, accumulation appears pretty minor.
If you need to take a break from busy holiday plans, be sure to include some stargazing. During the month of December, there are a few things you can look for in the night sky when it’s clear. Evening viewers looking to the southwest will notice the planet Saturn low on the horizon. Watch its position each night. On Tuesday, December 10th, Venus will pass Saturn. They will be very close together and make a striking pair. On Thursday, December 12th, you can observe the Full Oak Moon. This month’s full moon is also known as the Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon, or Moon Before Yule. One day later on Friday, December 13th, we get to see the annual Geminid meteor shower. Happy stargazing!
The end of October and beginning of November were unusually snowy, which may have had some worried about having to dig in (or dig out, as it were) for the long haul. However, snow has become harder to come by more recently. In Cedar Rapids, 11.2” of snow fell in the two-week period from October 28 to November 11. In the three weeks since then, only 0.6” has fallen. Dubuque picked up 13.9” during that first time period but only 1.3” since then. Iowa City escaped the heaviest snow, but still started with a healthy 7.0”. Since November 11, only a trace (not enough to measure) has fallen. Finally, Waterloo went from 7.4” to 0.6”.
Not unlike 2018, meteorological fall in 2019 was extremely wet for portions of the Midwest. Much of Iowa, northern Illinois, and to the north were way above normal for rainfall (and snowfall) this past season. This created huge problems for the fall harvest. Even after a very wet fall of 2018, some climate districts were ranked in the top spot! Most climate districts were ranked in the top 10 for wetness out of 127 years of data. This may be important early next year because wet fall seasons can lead to a higher spring flood threat.