Today: Sunny and frigid.
High: 11 Wind: West around 5 becoming South 10-15 later in the afternoon
Increasing clouds and
Low: 6 Wind: South 10-20
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and milder. A 40% chance of light snow showers and flurries through midday.
High: 32 Wind: SW 10-18
This morning is probably the coldest weather we will have all winter. Even though temperatures will be milder going forward, it is not the end of Winter. More snow is in the forecast.
After the frigid start this morning, we should have a lot of sunshine and temperatures warming up into the 10 to 15 range this afternoon. Even as the temperatures warm up a little, it will still feel quite chilly as the wind will pick up out of the south this afternoon at 10-15 mph. The win will continue fairly stiff out of the south and southwest tonight and Saturday and that will help to warm things up a bit more. Lows tonight will be in the single digits above zero and highs tomorrow should reach the low 30s. Along with the warm up will come a trough of low pressure, more clouds, and a chance of scattered light snow showers and flurries Saturday morning. A few flakes might linger into early afternoon before ending completely.
A cold front will move into the area from the north on Saturday night and this will cool things down a bit for Sunday once again. There should be a good amount of sunshine on Sunday but highs will only reach the low to mid 20s.
A stronger low pressure system will move into the state from the southwest on Monday and this will increase our chance of snow. As of now, it looks like 3 to 6 inches could fall in some spots, so it will impact travel a bit.
After Monday's storm, it will be cold once again, with blustery conditions on Tuesday and highs in the 20s. On Wednesday highs will only reach the teens. In addition, there could be a couple of night when the temps drop a bit below zero during the middle of next week.
Have a pleasant Friday! Meteorologist Justin Loew, 4:30 a.m. 14-February-2020
On this date in weather history: 1990 - Valentine's Day was a snowy one for many parts of the western and central U.S. Five to ten inches of snow fell across Iowa, and 6 to 12 inches of snow blanketed northern Illinois, and strong northeasterly winds accompanied the heavy snow. Air traffic came to a halt during the evening at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, where 9.7 inches of snow was reported. More than 250 traffic accidents were reported around Des Moines IA during the evening rush hour. An ice storm glazed east central sections of Illinois, causing twelve million dollars damage in Champaign County alone. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)