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TRACKING: Bitter cold morning, warmer weekend

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7 Day Forecast - AM

Fresh snow on the ground, clear skies in February, and Arctic air. All are combining to bring some of the coldest readings of the season to the KWWL viewing area this morning.

Temperatures dipped to -13 in Dubuque which is a record low for this date. Other cities were cold, but not to record levels. Wind chills are minimal due to light winds, but can drop to -25 or so for a few hours.

Winds will pick up from the south by this afternoon and will gust to 25 mph for much of the afternoon and up to 30 mph tonight into Saturday. This will help to warm us up into the teens late today... and keep temperatures climbing through tonight. Highs will climb into the mid to upper 30s on Saturday.

A few snow showers will move through the state Saturday morning with drizzle and flurries continuing into the afternoon. Amounts will be light, very little would stick... however, any amount of snow could create slippery conditions at times Saturday morning.

While dry for Sunday, the next system tracking our way will bring a wintry mix to the KWWL viewing area Sunday night with rain/snow on Monday and then changing to snow Monday night. Some snow showers may linger into Tuesday. It is too early to pin down amounts, but some accumulation may occur depending on the track of the system. What you will definitely notice will be strong winds dropping temperatures Tuesday.

We will cool off again for Wednesday and Thursday.

Eileen Loan

Meteorologist

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