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Snowfall reports for November 10-11, 2019

Yet another accumulating snow fell across eastern Iowa Sunday night into Monday morning. This one will be staying on the ground for longer than the other snowfalls we've had so far. When a location has a number and direction, that indicates how many miles from the city center the report was. For example, "3 WSW Marion" was reported three miles west-southwest of the center of Marion. These are the reports since 3 a.m. and this list will be updated as new reports come in. If a location isn't listed, it's because a report wasn't received from there. 3 NNE Cedar Rapids (Linn): 5.8” 3 WSW Marion (Linn): 5.7” 1 W Asbury (Dubuque): 5.0" Lowden (Cedar): 5.0” Stanwood (Cedar): 5.0" 1 SSW Vinton (Benton): 4.8” 3 ESE Hiawatha (Linn): 4.6” 1 E North Liberty (Johnson): 4.5" 3 NE Cedar Rapids (LInn): 4.5" Bertram (Linn): 4.3" Anamosa (Jones): 4.3" Keystone (Benton): 4.3" Morse (Johnson): 4.3" 1 ENE Mount Vernon (Linn): 4.0" 1 N Independence (Buchanan): 4.0" 3 SSE Atkins (Benton): 4.0" Dubuque Regional Airport (Dubuque): 4.0” Rickardsville (Dubuque): 4.0" Cassville (Grant, Wis.): 4.0" Belle Plaine (Benton): 4.0” Clutier (Tama): 4.0” 1 W Maquoketa Airport (Jackson): 3.9" 1 NNW Marshalltown (Marshall): 3.8” 3 SW Center Junction (Jones): 3.8" 1 W Cou Falls (Johnson): 3.7" Coggon (Linn): 3.6" 3 NNE Cedar Rapids (Linn): 3.5” Edgewood (Clayton): 3.5" 1 W Elmira (Johnson): 3.5" 2 SSE Waterloo (Black Hawk): 3.5” 2 WSW Cedar Rapids (Linn): 3.4" 1 SSE Waterloo (Black Hawk): 3.4” 1 SW University Heights (Johnson): 3.3" 4 W Stanley (Buchanan): 3.3" 3 ESE Hiawatha (Linn): 3.3” 1 SSE Manchester (Delaware): 3.2" 1 N Center Grove (Dubuque): 3.2" Hiawatha (Linn): 3.0” 3 NNW Marshalltown (Marshall): 3.0” Williamsburg (Iowa): 3.0" 2 NNW Mount Auburn (Benton): 3.0" Amana (Iowa): 3.0" 3 N Toledo (Tama): 3.0” 4 WSW Lancaster (Grant, Wis.): 2.8" 2 N Marshalltown (Marshall): 2.8” 1 ENE Eldora (Hardin): 2.8" Parnell (Iowa): 2.7” 2 SE Galena Territory (Jo Daviess, Ill.): 2.6” 1 NW Sigourney (Keokuk): 2.6" University Heights (Johnson): 2.5" Solon (Johnson): 2.5" 1 NNW Monticello Airport (Jones): 2.5" 5 SW Lamont (Buchanan): 2.5" 1 NE Tiffin (Johnson): 2.5" Marion (Linn): 2.5” Eldora (Hardin): 2.5” 4 NE Washington (Washington): 2.5" 1 E Grundy Center (Grundy): 2.5" 1 NE Waterloo (Black Hawk): 2.5” Ely (Linn): 2.4" 1 SSW Osborne (Clayton): 2.4" 1 NE Waterloo (Black Hawk): 2.3” 4 NNE Lafayette (Linn): 2.1" 1 NNW Guttenberg (Clayton): 2.0” 3 W Richmond (Washington): 2.0" 1 W Platteville (Grant, Wis.): 2.0” 1 W Montezuma (Poweshiek): 2.0” 1 WNW Montezuma (Poweshiek): 2.0” 2 NNW Williamstown (Johnson): 2.0" 4 N Haskins (Washington): 2.0" 1 ENE Vinton (Benton): 2.0" Cedar Falls (Black Hawk): 1.8" North English (Iowa): 1.5" 1 ENE Oskaloosa (Mahaska): 1.2” Sigourney (Keokuk): 1.2" 2 N Muscatine (Muscatine): 1.2" 1 E Iowa Falls (Hardin): 1.0” 1 WSW Hampton (Franklin): 1.0” 1 NW Fayette (Fayette): 1.0" Guttenberg (Clayton): 1.0" 2 WSW Nashua (Floyd): 1.0" New Hampton (Chickasaw): 1.0” 1 N Tripoli (Bremer): 0.9” 1 NNE Prairie du Chien (Crawford, Wis.): 0.8" 1 SSE Charles City (Floyd): 0.5” 6 NE Postville (Allamakee): 0.3” 1 WNW Mount Zion (Crawford, Wis.): 0.2” Muscoda (Grant, Wis.): 0.1"

What is our weather normally at this time of year?

We’ve had a lot of cold spells across the state of Iowa so far this fall. We also spent most of the month of October below average, temperature-wise. So, what should we be seeing this time of year? On average, in Cedar Rapids we should be seeing highs in the mid-50s, with overnight lows near the freezing point, or 32 degrees. So, if you think of Saturday’s weather, that’s probably what we should be seeing. As we look ahead, though, we aren’t just tracking below normal temperatures, but well below normal. Highs for the beginning of the week will only be reaching the low 20s, which is below our normal low for this time of year. Lows will be in the single digits Monday night, and barely in the double digits Tuesday night.

Record cold likely: A check of Veterans Day records

An Arctic surge will head south into eastern Iowa and is still on track to hit us on Monday. The worst of the cold will be Monday and Tuesday with some moderation by Wednesday. Veterans Day will also likely be record cold, depending on what the temperature is at midnight. The following are the five coldest Veterans Days high temperatures on record for Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Iowa City and Waterloo. Note that these records are for years since 1919, when Armistice Day was first observed. Cedar Rapids #1: 23 in 1986 #2: 27 in 1932 #3: 28 in 1995 #4: 28 in 1976 #5: 31 in 1996 Dubuque #1: 22 in 1986 #2: 27 in 1995 #3: 28 in 1932 #4: 29 in 1996 #5: 31 in 1976 Iowa City #1: 29 in 1932 #2: 30 in 1996 #3: 33 in 1995 #4: 33 in 1947 #5: 34 in 1976 Waterloo #1: 23 in 1986 #2: 26 in 1995 #3: 27 in 1976 #4: 27 in 1932 #5: 30 in 1996

Beyond the Weather: Transit of Mercury

The cold weather in the First Alert Forecast should not stop you from viewing a rare astronomical event on Monday, as long as the clouds cooperate. On Monday, November 11, you could witness the transit of Mercury. What is a transit? Simply put, it is when one object in space moves in front of another object in space. In Monday’s case, we will see Mercury transit the Sun. First, a word of caution. In order to view this transit, you will need to view this event through a telescope with solar filters or use eclipse-rated eye protection. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN! You can also search for a public viewing or a website that might stream the event. The transit begins at 6:36 a.m. and ends at 12:04 p.m. The last transit of Mercury happened in 2016 and the next not until 2032! Happy stargazing!

November 7 is Winter Weather Awareness Day

Thursday is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Iowa. Of course, we’ve been thrown into the season a little early this year, but it’s good to review terminology and safety information. • Winter storm watch: an impactful snow or ice event is expected within the next few days. • Winter weather advisory: wintry precipitation will be manageable if caution is taken. These usually happen when just a few inches of snow is expected. • Winter storm warning: Heavy snow or sleet, possibly combined with some wind, will be more dangerous. These usually happen when at least six inches of snow is expected. • Ice storm warning: Major ice accumulation of at least a quarter-inch is expected, causing dangerous travel and possibly power outages. • Blizzard warning: Winds of 35 mph or higher will blow snow and reduce visibility to a quarter-mile or less for at least three hours. Snow does not need to be heavy, or even falling, for this to happen. • Snow squall warning: Narrow, short-lived bursts of snow (similar to thunderstorms, but with snow instead of rain) could lead to suddenly dangerous travel. These are what usually cause large crashes on highways. Don’t forget about wind chill! This is an “apparent” temperature on exposed human skin. Typically, your body has a thin layer of heat surrounding it. However, when the wind blows, it whisks away that warmth, causing the temperature of your body to fall. Wind chills below zero can cause frostbite in a half-hour, while wind chills of -30 cause frostbite in just ten minutes. There are other winter-weather hazards you should be ready for, such as black ice, flash freezes, and freezing drizzle. You can learn more about those, and other winter-weather information, at this link.