Tri-State Winter Storms & Daylight Savings; Headaches For All
I thought we were "out" of winter. As of yesterday, the population of robins in my back yard had more than doubled. While driving home last night, my family saw our first spring rabbit dart through the back yard, which means way more bunnies on the way (Gardners beware). Unfortunately for all that spring cuteness, the rabbits and robins may wish they'd have stayed away, or napping, just a bit longer. As Thursday (3/9) it all kicks off for a bit of rain, slush, and snow, depending on where you live in the tri-state area.
According to our coverage partners at KWWL, eastern winds will continue at around 5 to 15 mph, this evening (3/8). There will be a small chance for light snowflakes in the west. Lows will be in the low to mid 30s.
Moisture continues to push east as the low pressure moves across Missouri. Dry air will keep precipitation away for most of the early to mid-morning hours. However, once the air becomes saturated, snow will begin to freely reach the ground. According to KWWL, this will be in large quantities at a time. This should start to take place in the late morning hours, from west to east, with steady moderate to heavy snow. They approximate that out to around 1+ inch per hour, that is expected through the afternoon and evening on Thursday (3/9). Snow remains highly likely into Thursday night but should start to become lighter and will begin to taper off in the western part of Iowa late that evening.
Highs will reach the mid and upper 30s early in the day Thursday, but as the snow moves in and evaporates in the dry air, you’ll start to see temps cool. Once the snow begins to reach the ground, and temps are likely near freezing or into the mid 30s, it will create a very wet and heavy type of snow. It will be slushy and can be quite difficult to shovel.
There is the possibility of some mixing rain and snow south of I-80. This will lead to slightly lower totals there. Temps fall to the mid and upper 20s Thursday night and then climb to the mid 30s again Friday. By early Friday morning, the snow ends in the east with mostly cloudy skies through the rest of the day.
What to expect for Snow Fall:
According to KWWL, everyone will see accumulation, but to varying degrees on the coverage zone. This is due to warmer temperatures and precipitation type. From near Highway 30 to around Highway 18, expect 6 to 9 inches of snow, and 3 to 6 inches northwest of Highway 18 and from near Highway 30 to near I-80. 1 to 3 inches from near I-80 into southern Iowa. Again, this winter storm is expected across portions of Northern and Central Iowa on Thursday and lasting into Thursday Night...
WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT
* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches possible. Strong winds may produce blowing snow as well, reducing visibilities.
* WHERE...Portions of central and northern Iowa.
* WHEN...From Thursday morning through late Thursday night.
* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.
Through the Weekend:
There will be another chance for snowfall, and additional accumulation late Saturday into Sunday morning with highs in the low to mid 30s. So not only will we get some more snow to keep spring away that much longer, but make sure you don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour Saturday night for the start of Daylight-Saving Time. So, at 2am on Sunday morning, it's now officially 3am. That's right! You can get up early to shovel AND lose an hour of sleep! What a great way to start off "spring." Where's Punxsutawney Phil? I'm gonna' eat me a groundhog!