Wind, a Snowstorm, Frost, Heavy Rain all in the next 5 Days

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Good Saturday bloggers,

We tracked scattered showers and thunderstorms earlier this morning, and now we are tracking a strong cold front with 40 mph wind gusts, an I-80 snowstorm, chance of frost/light freeze and the potential for very heavy rain. This is all in the next 5 days!

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from Chicago/Milwaukee to Waterloo today and tonight as 4″-10″ of snow is possible. The colder air up there will surge this way today leading to the chance of a frost/light freeze Sunday morning. Right now we are not in a Frost Advisory as there may be just enough wind to prevent that.

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SATURDAY NOON: Look at the heavy snow in the Winter Storm Warning area. If you have travel plans along I-80 this weekend, keep this in mind as the snow will track into northern Ohio. Airport delays are likely as well.

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SATURDAY NOON: We are a state away from the snow. We will be 70°-75° around noon with southwest winds gusting to 30-40 mph. Northwest winds gusting to 40-45 mph will be approaching from the northwest.

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SATURDAY EVENING: Temperatures will be falling with north winds gusting to 40-45 mph. It will be in the 40s by 7 PM with wind chill values in the 20s and 30s. Bundle up if you are headed out this evening.

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SUNDAY MORNING: Lows will be in the low to mid 30s. There may be some frost, but a 10-20 mph wind will prevent a widespread frost. Some locations may see a light freeze, but this should not be a problem for the newly planted vegetation. Sunday afternoon will be mostly cloudy with highs around 60°. A few showers and thunderstorms will be possible by evening.

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RAINFALL FORECAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY: The cold front that comes through today will become a warm front Sunday and head north to around I-70. It will stall and waver through Wednesday as waves of energy at the upper levels track along the front. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will accompany each wave. The severe threat is low in our area, but something to monitor. It will depend on how warm it becomes and also the timing of the rain. Right now it looks likes the timing is later at night and early in morning. The main threat we have to watch for is flash flooding as 1″ to 4″ of rain is likely Sunday night through Wednesday. You can get 1″ to 2″ of rain in one hour with this set up.

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SUNDAY NIGHT-MONDAY MORNING: The first wave of energy arrives. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely. We will have to watch for flash flooding.

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MONDAY AFTERNOON: The front sags south, we go into the cooler air and the rain tapers to a few showers or even ends. Highs will be in the 50s, perhaps lower 60s if the sun pops out.

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MONDAY NIGHT-TUESDAY: The front lifts back to the north as the next upper level wave of energy moves by. This will generate the next round of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Rain will linger Wednesday as one last system moves by. It looks drier Thursday into next weekend.

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Have a great weekend.

Jeff Penner

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Can’t imagine how sick of snow they must be in Iowa!

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How much snow is on the ground in Waterloo Iowa right now? It looks like the snowstorm is over up there. The forecast was 4-10″.

John
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Looks like Waterloo got 2-4″ while about 15-20 miles NE of there they got 4-8″, with some spots recording over 10″.

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I sure hope these rainfall totals materialize the next several days. Missed out again this morning recording .02″ in my rain gauge. Brought my total for the month up to .41″. Come on rain could really use some of it.

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Good Saturday afternoon bloggers. Just getting caught up on reading the blog for this past week. A couple of items of note. If the coldest weather of this past winter was in late January this suggests we can expect cooler weather for late April into early May. This is showing up with the overnight temps and possible frost/freeze. The average daytime temp for the 1st of May is 72, and the low is 53. Wonder if this cooler pattern will cycle back thru in mid June. Gary’s model shows a wetter weather pattern for late May. Not good for Memorial… Read more »

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Thunder work me up at 4 in the morning.

Michael Casteel
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Recorded a much needed .11″ of rain up here in Maryville. Hope for some more as that brings my April total to .31″ for the entire month! Have a great Saturday Bloggers!
Michael