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KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020      

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT NOON TODAY THRU 6PM SATURDAY WEST OF THE RIVER.  WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY EAST OF THE RIVER NOON TODAY THRU 6PM SATURDAY. 

TODAY:  CLOUDY WITH SNOW DEVELOPING THIS AFTERNOON.  TURNING WINDY.  HIGH 26.

                SOUTHEAST WIND 15-25 MPH & GUSTY.               

TONIGHT:  CLOUDY AND WINDY WITH A WINTRY MIX AND SNOW LIKELY.  LOW 24. 

                    SOUTH WIND 10-20 MPH.  (TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS 3-5”).  

TOMORROW:  CLOUDY WITH SNOW ENDING EARLY.  WINDY WITH FALLING TEMPERATURS.

                           NORTHWEST WIND 20-40 MPH & GUSTY.  

EXTENDED OUTLOOK SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: 

DRY AND COLD.  HIGH’S IN THE SINGLE DIGITS SUNDAY & MONDAY, THE TEEN’S TUESDAY.  LOW’S IN THE SINGLE DIGITS & TEEN’S BELOW ZERO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


KCRG Weather Blog

Great Lakes ice cover below normal for now

Our warmer-than-normal December here in Iowa also played out over the Great Lakes. As a result, ice cover has been below normal and lake effect snow will likely continue there over the next few weeks. Ice coverage last year at this time was about the same as it is now, then rapidly increased to around 90% coverage by the first week of March! This was due to the extreme weather pattern flip that occurred as stubborn cold air hung around. Why do we care in Iowa? Great Lakes ice coverage above 70% in early March seems to loosely correlate with cooler March and April temperatures.

Snowfall reports for January 12, 2020

A fast-moving system brought snow to mainly northern Iowa Sunday evening. New Hampton, IA: 4.0” Plainfield, IA: 4.0” Nashua, IA: 3.5” Charles City, IA: 3.3” Prairie du Chien, WI: 3.3” Nora Springs, IA: 3.1” Marble Rock, IA: 3.0” Volga, IA: 3.0” Fayette, IA: 3.0” Charles City, IA: 2.8” Postville, IA: 2.6” Decorah, IA: 2.6” Hawkeye, IA: 2.5” Iowa Falls, IA: 2.5” Elma, IA: 2.4” Lancaster, WI: 2.3” Cresco, IA: 2.2” Conrad, IA: 2.1" Stanley, IA: 2.1” Coggon: 2.0" Oelwein, IA: 2.0” Marshalltown, IA: 2.0” Garwin, IA: 2.0” Iowa Falls, IA: 2.0” Strawberry Point, IA: 2.0” Guttenberg, IA: 2.0” Grundy Center, IA: 1.8” Clutier, IA: 1.5" Rickardsville, IA: 1.2” Boscobel, WI: 1.0” Keota, IA: 1.0" Calmar, IA: 0.9” Decorah, IA: 0.9” Cedar Rapids, IA: 0.8” Cuba City, WI: 0.8" Hiawatha, IA: 0.8” Floris, IA: 0.5”

Beyond the Weather: A year’s worth of meteor showers

Perhaps you made a resolution to spend more time outside with family and friends. How about having everyone over to watch a meteor shower? For your planning purposes, here is the list of remaining meteor showers in 2020 and their peak. Happy stargazing! April 22: Lyrids May 5: Eta Aquariids Late July: Delta Aquariids August 12: Perseids October 7: Draconids October 21: Orionids November 4-5: South Taurids November 11-12: North Taurids November 17: Leonids December 13-14: Geminids December 22: Ursids

Eastern Iowa had one of its warmest starts to January

The first week of January is in the books, and it landed on the milder end of what we experience to start a new year. Cedar Rapids’ average temperature (the average of the high and low each day over the seven days) was 30.8 degrees. That was the 13th-warmest first week of January on record, out of 127 years. Below is the average temperature for the first week of January since 2010. Years that were in the top-10 on either end of the mild or cold side are noted. Cedar Rapids – 127 years of records 2020: 30.8 2019: 32.4 (10th-warmest) 2018: 0.1 (5th-coldest) 2017: 14.5 2016: 24.2 2015: 12.2 2014: 3.3 2013: 17.9 2012: 29.9 2011: 19.5 2010: -0.5 (4th-coldest) Dubuque – 146 years of records 2020: 30.1 2019: 32.0 (8th-warmest) 2018: 0.9 (10th-coldest) 2017: 12.9 2016: 23.4 2015: 11.1 2014: 1.0 2013: 16.0 2012: 29.3 2011: 16.4 2010: 5.1 Iowa City – only 30 years of records, so rankings are not noted 2020: 34.3 2019: 34.1 2018: 3.6 2017: 17.4 2016: 25.9 2015: 13.8 2014: 4.8 2013: 20.4 2012: 31.9 2011: 20.9 2010: 4.2 Waterloo – 125 years of records 2020: 31.4 (10th-warmest) 2019: 31.6 (7th-warmest) 2018: 0.5 2017: 13.8 2016: 23.9 2015: 10.1 2014: 0.0 (9th-coldest) 2013: 17.0 2012: 29.4 2011: 16.9 2010: -2.5 (4th-coldest)

Late-week front brings our next precipitation chance

The next cold front moves into eastern Iowa on Thursday. We should warm up nicely ahead of it, bringing a chance of drizzle and patchy fog to the area. Some rain showers may also come with that. As this front settles to the southeast and stalls, a second area of low pressure should develop and ride along the front. We’ll be on the cold side of it, so a rain/snow mix is expected later in the day Friday into Friday night. We’ll keep an eye on the trend as it comes closer. Right now, it appears the heaviest will be to the southeast. That system should be far enough east of us on Saturday to keep snow away. If it jogs a little farther northwest, though, snow will be possible that day. Again, we’ll watch those trends and update you on that.