Posts Tagged ‘wind’

Christmas Travel Concerns

ORIGINAL POST:  Friday, December 23, 2016, 6:12 a.m.

Two days before Christmas and we have two weather systems that’ll create some travel problems for Iowa and Illinois.

The first system arrives today.  With highs of 32°-37°, we’ll see a combination of rain and snow.  Northern hometowns will see almost all snow.  Along Interstate 80 and to the south, this wintry mix may change over to mostly rain this afternoon.

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A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect this morning through 9 p.m. Friday.  This includes Jo Daviess and Jackson counties.  Snow accumulations there could be 1-3″.  For the Quad Cities and along I-80, an inch may accumulate, but only a dusting is expected south.

If you’re traveling across northern Iowa today, 3-6″ of snow will fall there.

We get a break Saturday, but the next system starts moving in late Saturday night and early Christmas morning.  With dense fog and drizzle developing and temperatures near freezing, it could become rather slick early Christmas morning, especially north.

Fog

As the main system moves in Christmas afternoon and evening, it’ll be all rain because temperatures will warm into the upper-40s and 50s.

We could even hear a few rumbles of thunder Sunday evening.

The front will pass through Sunday night and bring rather blustery conditions with winds approaching 40 miles-per-hour or higher Monday with temperatures crashing throughout the day.

Christmas Outside

Happy holidays and be safe out there today and this weekend.

Anthony

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How Will This Blizzard Affect Us?

It’s been a very warm November, but some big changes are on the way.

Before that happens, we’ll likely reach a record high of 75° in the Quad Cities Thursday.

While we start out warm Friday morning in the low-60s, a strong cold front will pass through the area bringing wind, crashing temperatures, and the coldest air of the season this weekend.

This front is associated with the season’s first powerful storm that will bring moderate to heavy snow to parts of the Plains and upper Midwest.

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Blizzard conditions are expected across parts of Minnesota and South Dakota.  A foot of snow and 60 mile-per-hour winds are possible there Friday.

For us, we could see a few showers later Friday.

As the cold air and wind comes in, some wrap around moisture may bring a few snowflakes Friday night and early Saturday.

However, it’ll be nothing like the snowstorm that hit us just before Thanksgiving last year (November 20th and 21st). You didn’t forget that record 9.9″ of snow that broke the 1974 record of 9.8″?

Record Snow Nov

Snow Saturday Morning

If you’re heading out to the Festival of Trees parade in Davenport Saturday, it’ll be breezy and chilly.

By afternoon, for Moline’s “Lighting on the Commons”, it’ll still be very cold, but the winds will start to subside.

Sunday look nice, but chilly.  Highs will be aorund 43°.

Meteorologist Anthony Peoples

Happy (Snowy) Valentine’s Day

UPDATED POST:  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016, 6:07 p.m.

Final official snow total in the Quad Cities:  4.6″ in Moline.

Sterling, Illinois, picked up 5″.

Anthony

UPDATED POST:  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016, 2:05 p.m.

It’s still snowing rather nicely in the Quad Cities.  We have about two more hours to go before it diminishes to light snow or flurries.

Here are a few updated snow totals:  4.1″ Colona (IL); 3.0″ Moline (IL); 3.0″ Iowa City (IA) and 2.5″ Fort Madison (IA).

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016, 7:00 a.m.

I hope you all have a great Sunday and Valentine’s  Day.  Enjoy your day whatever it is you choose to do.

Some light snow fell late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.  That was from the leading edge of warmer air gliding into the area aloft.

Officially, in the Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois, we picked up 0.4″ from midnight to 6 a.m.  Around 2″ accumulated around Burlington, Iowa.

Here’s where our heavier snow for today was located around daybreak.

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Light to moderate snow will fall from this morning to early afternoon and begin to wind down as flurries tonight.

In addition to the falling snow, winds will be rather brisk causing blowing and drifting snow.

I’m still thinking we’ll see anywhere from 3-5″ of snow, which I’ve been saying for days now.

Sunday Snowfall Amounts

The only real change is that it’ll be our southern hometowns that might be the big winners when the final totals come in.  Some locations may see isolated 6″ totals.

A couple of days ago and even early yesterday, it looked like northern hometowns may see the most.  Now, 4″ there might be the high end of the forecast.

Be safe!

I’ll see you bright and early Monday for “Local 4 News This Morning” from 5-7 a.m.

Anthony

Valentine’s Day Snow Storm On Track

UPDATED POST:  Saturday, February 13, 2015, 4:25 p.m.

While on the chilly side, it wasn’t a bad Saturday with morning sunshine giving way to clouds.

If you’re going out for dinner Saturday, go for it.  The evening hours look snow free.

The rest of the blog is in good shape — from the timing (later tonight and Sunday) and the amounts (generally 3-5″ of wind-blown snow).

After a quiet Presidents’ Day Monday, more light snow will fall Tuesday.  We could have some accumulation then, but warmer weather arrives by the end of next week!

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Saturday, February 13, 2015, 7:48 a.m.

It’s going to be a decent, but cold, Saturday with highs only in the teens.

After that, we focus our attention this Valentine’s Day weekend to a clipper system late Saturday night and Sunday that will bring a blanket of snow and plenty of wind.

 

A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect from 9 p.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday for all of eastern Iowa and for much of northwestern and west-central Illinois.  (The “Advisory” starts at 3 a.m. for Knox and Stark counties in Illinois.)

Light snow will spread across Iowa later today and it’ll reach parts of eastern Iowa by late evening.  If you have dinner plans Saturday evening, I think you’re in good shape.

For the Quad Cities area, our snow really doesn’t kick in until the overnight hours of Saturday night with most of our accumulating snow falling Sunday.

From the morning through the afternoon hours, the snow will be light to moderate.  In addition to that, gusty winds will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibilities.

The snow will begin winding down by evening and end as flurries Sunday night.

My snow forecast is pretty much the same as what I shared Friday evening, 3-5″, with a little more to the north and a little less to the south.  The final snowfall amounts will likely be on the heavy side of the ranges I’m showing here.

 

With the wind, the cold (highs in the 20s Sunday) and the snow, it’s going to be slippery and wintry Sunday, Sunday night, and early Monday.

For those wanting snow, this is perfect for you.  If you’re not a fan and are ready for spring, I have good news for you.  Highs will go above freezing Monday and Tuesday and the snow will start melting away.

By the end of next week, we could have highs approaching 50 degrees!

Anthony

Heavy Snow Missing the Quad Cities

ORIGINAL POST: Sunday, January 31, 2016, 2:22 p.m.

The snowstorm that’ll bring heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions to much of western and central Iowa is now ashore out west.  It’ll be moving to the southern Plains tomorrow and then to the Great Lakes by Wednesday morning.

For most of eastern Iowa, northern Illinois, and the Quad Cities, it looks like we’ll be on the warmer side for much of the storm.

We may see some light snow or a wintry mix late Monday night that’ll change to rain for much of Tuesday.  By late Tuesday evening, we’ll be changing back over to light snow and we could get some minor accumulation.

 

You see that the low pressure system is pretty much right over the Quad Cities area and this is why we’ll see mostly rain (one-half to three-quarters of an inch), that is represented by the light and dark green.

You see a lot of dark blue across much of Iowa.  That’s the heavy snow.  6″+ of wind-blown snow is not out of the question.

As of this afternoon, much of Iowa, including Waterloo, is under a “Blizzard Watch” for late Monday evening through late Tuesday night.  This will likely be upgraded to a “Blizzard Warning” or a “Winter Storm Warning”.

Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and Jackson County, Iowa, along with Jo Daviess County, Illinois, are under a “Winter Storm Watch” from late Monday night through late Tuesday night.

 

So, what are the chances of seeing 6″ of snow or greater? The brown over the Quad Cities show the chances at zero to 5%.

I’ll have the latest and all you need to know bright and early Monday morning on “Local 4 News this Morning” from 5-7 a.m.

Anthony

The Cold Blast Is A Bigger Concern

UPDATED POST:  Saturday, January 9, 2015, 3:20 p.m.

Light snow is now falling in the Quad Cities, but it’s very dry in nature and you’ll likely see it blow across the roadways and off houses.  It will accumulate on grassy surfaces.

To the south and east where it’s snowing heavier, here are some reported snow totals:  2.0″ Macomb (IL); 2.0″ Industry (McDonough County, IL); and 1.5″ Princeton (IL).

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Saturday, January 9, 2015, 5:00 a.m.

All week long, I’ve talked about the unseasonably warm weather coming to an end this weekend.  The cold Arctic air will blast across Iowa and Illinois this afternoon and Saturday night with some light snow.

Much Colder

The storm that’ll bring the snow is tracking more to the southeast and this means the Quad Cities will see nothing more than light snow that might be enough to dust the ground.

Off to the east and southeast from around Princeton to Galesburg, Illinois, the snow will accumulate a little more — around 1″ or so.

However, if you have travel plans to Chicago today, the storm is primed to bring them 4-6″ of snow — notice the darker shade of blue on this forecast map at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The bigger story for us and the Midwest is the Arctic blast — very cold temperatures and frigid wind chills.

Winds will be picking up Saturday afternoon and Saturday night as temperatures fall to an overnight low in the single digits.  When you add in the winds, it’ll feel more like -10° to -15°.

Sunday’s highs will only be in the 10° to 15° range, but wind chills will make it feel even colder.

Another little system will bring some light snow Monday night and early Tuesday.  As of now, nothing more than an inch or two.

I don’t expect to post any more weather updates on this storm today.  I just wanted to put it to bed with one last update — mainly because of the cold and winds!

Enjoy your weekend.

Anthony

More on Saturday’s Snow

UPDATED POST:  Friday, January 8, 2016, 4:23 p.m.

Snow lovers, you’re not going to be too happy.  Those not wanting much in the way of snow can start dancing around with joy.

After looking at the latest American models with the incoming storm system, it looks like we’re still going to see snow Saturday afternoon and Saturday night in the transition to colder air, but not much.

My colleague, Andy McCray, and I agree on lowering the snow amounts even more from this morning.

So, here’s the updated snow forecast.

New Snow Map

If anything shifts in the thinking overnight, I’ll update you Saturday morning.

Have a great weekend.

Anthony

 

ORIGINAL POST:  Friday, January 8, 2016, 5:05 a.m.

Light rain, fog, and mild temperatures Friday will give way to colder air and snow Saturday.

Much colder weather arrives Saturday night into early next week with a few days with highs only in the teens and lows in the single digits.

After a transition from rain early Friday night to a rain and snow mix to light snow late Friday night from the first storm system passing by, our attention will then be directed to another low pressure system coming out of the southern Plains.

It’s still trending far enough southeast of our area that we’ll only see a glancing blow from the snow Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

Snow Saturday 1-9

In the Quad Cities, we’ll see about an inch of snow, maybe two inches.

To the east of the metro area around Princeton and Galesburg, Illinois, amounts will be closer to 2-4″.

More snow, around 5″, is possible around Chicago.

Winds will be a problem later Saturday, Saturday night, and Sunday, which will cause blowing snow and visibility issues.

Also, much colder temperatures arrive by Sunday morning.  When you wake up, it’ll be around 10° and wind chills will be below zero.

Highs Sunday will only be in the low-to-mid-teens with wind chills near zero.

While we’ve definitely seen bigger snows, this is still a snow event to take seriously because there will be accumulations, wind, and much colder temperatures.

Anthony