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TRACKING: Strong weekend storm

We are going to catch a nice, two day break from the wintry weather in eastern Iowa.  Expect lots of sunshine today with high temperatures in the lower 20s north, to lower 30s south.  Winds will be west/northwest 5-10 mph.

Clouds will move into the area tonight, which will prevent our temperatures from dropping too much.  Lows will be in the single digits and teens.  There may be a few patchy areas of fog.

Our next low pressure system begins to impact our area Friday night into Saturday as a surge of moisture moves in.  Temperatures will be cold enough Friday night into Saturday morning for areas of freezing rain, especially north of Cedar Rapids.  This will make for slick travel conditions. Sleet may mix in as well.

Through the day Saturday, temperatures will warm above freezing for just rain.  There may be a few rumbles of thunder as well.  As the low pressure strengthen and tracks closer to us (or directly overhead), the winds will begin to pick up.  Rainfall could be up to a half inch to inch, and when you combine that with melting snow we’ll have to watch for ponding on the roadways/rises on local rivers.

Saturday night into early Sunday, once the low moves northeast, our winds shift direction and cold air spills in.  Any leftover moisture changes over to snow before we dry out later Sunday morning.  Where the heavier snow falls remains to be seen.  Winds could gust 40 to 50 mph or more.

Temperatures will be plummeting Sunday, leading to a cold start to next week.  There is a slight chance of snow Monday and Tuesday.  Stay with KWWL for updates.

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Kyle Kiel


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