The big weather story over the next 72 hours will be the bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous, life-threatening wind chills. Blowing snow today could also be a problem, especially north of the Quad Cities.
Before we talk about the cold and the wind chills, let’s talk snow.
With the blowing wind, it was hard to get an accurate measurement of the snow Saturday night, but amounts were not as heavy as forecast with 3″ across the far north and lesser amounts to the south.
Even with the official 0.7″ of snow in the Quad Cities, it pushes us into the record books. This is now the 10th snowiest January on record in the metro area.
For the winter, the Quad Cities are now up to 31.6″ of snow.
That is our average snowfall for the season and without being a meteorologist, you know that we’ll be getting more snow this winter! Right now, we’re just about a foot of snow shy of this being one of the 25 snowiest winters on record in the Quad Cities.
Now, let’s talk wind, cold, and wind chills. Here are all of the advisories and warnings for Illinois and Iowa. Let me sort it out.
The fuchsia coloring over the Quad Cities, eastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois is a “Winter Storm Warning” from 6 p.m. Sunday to 3 p.m. Monday for bitterly cold wind chills and blowing snow.
The red across central Iowa is a “Blizzard Warning” from noon Sunday to midnight for bitter cold wind chills and blowing snow causing white out conditions.
The blues are various warnings and advisories for wind chills and that gold-ish brown color in western Iowa is a “High Wind Warning”.
Temperatures tonight will drop to around -5° to -15°, but with the strong winds factored in, it’ll feel more like -20° to -40°.
Monday’s highs will stay below zero and Monday night’s lows will drop to around -15° to -20°, which would make it the coldest night this winter!
Slight improvement is on the way Tuesday. We might actually climb to near zero or above, especially in our southern hometowns. Meanwhile, the northern hometowns will stay below zero.
However, with winds of 20 to 40 miles-per-hour through Wednesday, wind chill factors will stay in the -20° to -40° range and even colder to the north.
We finally start climbing out of the “deep freeze” Wednesday with highs the rest of the week in the teens and 20s — above zero!
More light snow is possible later today, Thursday, and, again, next weekend.