SUNDAY UPDATE: November 24, 2013, 7:52 a.m.
After waking up to temperatures in the single digits this morning, our weekend will end on a mostly sunny note today. Increasing high clouds late in the day will lead to our next light snow event late tonight to the northwest of the Quad Cities and in the metro area and across northern Illinois Monday.
With today’s update, it now looks like snowfall amounts will be heaviest northwest of the Quad Cities, where hometowns from Galena, Illinois, to Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo, Iowa, may see 1-2″.
However, in the Quad Cities, only about one-half to one inch of snow will fall.
South and east of the metro area, only a trace to less than one-half of inch of snow will accumulate.
The rest of Thanksgiving week will be dry locally.
Enjoy your Sunday!
ORIGINAL POST: Saturday, November 23, 8:27 a.m.
The weekend is here and if you’re heading to the outdoor festivities today to kick off the holidays in the Quad Cities, bundle up because it’s going to be blustery and cold with highs only in the 20s and wind chills in the single digits.
Saturday morning, the low in the Quad Cities was in the upper teens, but just to our northwest around Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa, lows dropped even lower!
Tonight’s lows will be in the single digits for all of us with lows closer to zero in some spots!
If you joined me Friday morning on CBS4, I talked about a quiet weekend and travel week for Thanksgiving week. Well, forecasts do change based on new data and you should always keep up on the latest forecast, whether you’re traveling or not.
With the strong northwesterly flow aloft bringing in this cold, Arctic air, any time there’s a little disturbance or piece of energy that drops in, you don’t need a lot of Gulf moisture to generate some clouds and light snow and that is the case for Monday now.
This is a forecast map for precipitation percentages Sunday night into Monday night and you can see that there will be an increasing chance of seeing some light snow, especially Monday.
As it looks now, there’s enough moisture to support an inch of snow and an outside chance of seeing amounts push closer to two inches in some hometowns across eastern Iowa and northern Illinois.
This NOAA forecast model Monday evening shows a developing storm along the Gulf of Mexico robbing us of the rich moisture supply and this will keep our totals low.
Again, this is not a big deal for us. But, it’ll likely become our third measurable snow this fall season!
So, don’t panic! 🙂