KCRG TV First Alert Forecast
KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017
TODAY: MOSTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY. HIGH: 43 WINDS: SW 15-25
TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW: 24 WINDS: S 5-10.
TOMORROW: PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH: 48 WINDS: S 5-10
EXTENDED OUTLOOK – TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY:
CHANCE OF SHOWERS TUESDAY AND A CHANCE OF RAIN OR SHOW WEDNESDAY. HIGHS IN THE 50’S TUESDAY AND IN THE 30’S TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. LOWS IN THE 20’S AND 30’S
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 13.1 FEET & RISING
Mostly sunny skies will be with us throughout the afternoon. Thanks to the sunshine and a strong southwest wind at 15 to 25 mph and gusting near 30 mph at times, temperatures will warm back into the low 40s for the majority of us. Winds will die down into the evening hours out of the south at 5 to 10 mph. A few more clouds will return as our next system approaches. The clouds patchy clouds and southerly wind throughout the overnight hours will help keep us fairly mild, only dropping into the low to middle 20s. Monday is still dry, but increasing clouds are likely mainly into the late afternoon and especially into the evening hours. High temperatures will top out near 50. It won’t be until evening Monday into Tuesday when rain chances will move back into the forecast. This system will drop our temperatures back into the 30s come Wednesday.
The snow has come to an end and skies will start to clear for a short time. Enjoy mostly sunny skies off and on with a few clouds passing by. With snow on the ground and a strong northwesterly wind at 15 to 25 mph and gusting near 30 plus at times, it will be much colder. High temperatures are only going to top out into the upper 20s and if you’re lucky you may hit 30. The strong winds will also cause blowing snow. Please slow down and double the amount of time it takes you to get to your location. There will be slick spots all across the area, but especially north where the majority of the snow had fallen. Tonight’s temperatures will drop back into the upper teens and low 20s, but winds will switch directions allowing for temperatures to warm for Sunday. Winds will blow out of the southwest at 15 to 25 mph allowing temperatures to climb into the 40s.
Heavy snow stayed just outside the TV9 viewing area. Eight to 12 inches of snow was reported in parts of northwest through north-central Iowa into southern Minnesota. Locally, the highest total was in Cresco, where the most recent observation was five inches on Friday morning. Additional snow in the evening probably pushed that number closer to six inches. The following totals were the latest received, and many were taken Friday morning before the final band of snow moved through Friday evening. Cresco: 5.0" Hampton: 4.0" Allison: 3.0" Charles City: 2.0" Decorah: 2.0" Monona: 2.0" Nashua: 2.0" Clarksville: 1.5" Calmar: 1.1" Dumont: 1.0" Iowa Falls: 1.0" Lansing: 1.0" New Hampton: 1.0"
Winter is blasting its way back to the Midwest. Thursday evening and night, rain will spread across the area. Some thunderstorms are possible, and there is the off-chance that a few of these could produce small hail. Severe weather is not expected, however. Rainfall amounts of a half-inch or more are likely, especially in thunderstorms. Most of the showers will begin to taper off Friday morning. However, the potent storm system will only be getting started. Precipitation will pivot across far northern Iowa, but what exactly falls is still in question. There is the potential that a wintry mix of sleet and snow will fall through the morning up to about the lunch hour, then switch over to snow. However, it may change to all snow in the morning and stay that way. If that is the case, snowfall totals will be on the higher end of the range. Winds will increase and gust as high as 35 mph starting Friday afternoon. This will cause blowing snow and low visibility in northern Iowa where the snow is heaviest, making travel dangerous. Blizzard conditions are possible in far northern Iowa. As the storm system pulls away, the band of snow will come through the entire TV9 viewing area. That will happen from west to east during the afternoon, and most places should be getting snow during the evening commute on Friday. Even where snow isn’t as heavy, travel will probably be slow at times because of lower visibility. Snow will end by daybreak on Saturday. Snowfall totals of four to eight inches are likely in far northern Iowa, with the potential for higher amounts. This should taper off to an inch or two along Highway 20 from Waterloo to the east, and an inch or less around Highway 30 and south. However, any shift in the track of this system would affect those snowfall amounts. The latest watches, advisories, and warnings are at www.kcrg.com/weather/winterweather.
Wednesday’s warmth absolutely blew away the record highs for February 22. In some places, it even beat the all-time warmest February temperatures on record. Cedar Rapids’ high of 76 smashed its record of 64 degrees set in 1984. It also beat the all-time February record of 73 degrees, which happened in 1921. Wednesday was also the third 70-degree day this month. Up until this year, 70 had been recorded only one time: in 1921. Dubuque hit the 70s for the first time in February since records began in 1873. Prior to today, the warmest February high was 68 degrees in 1921. Wednesday’s high was 71, which beat the daily record of 61 degrees (in 1984) by a huge margin. Iowa City soared well past the record high of 63 set in 1922, getting all the way to 77. It also surpassed the all-time February record, which happened to be rewritten just this past Friday. The high that day was 74 degrees. Prior to that, the February record was 73 degrees in 1921. Waterloo, despite some clouds, still made it to 69. That was enough to beat the record of 61 in 1984. The all-time February record there is 71 degrees, set in 1921, still stands.