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KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 

TODAY: PARTLY CLOUDY TO PARTLY SUNNY SKIES. HIGH: 27 WINDS: NW 15-25

TONIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW: 19 WINDS: S 5-15.

TOMORROW: MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH: 44 WINDS: SW 15-25        

EXTENDED OUTLOOK: 

MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE 40’S AND LOWS IN THE 20’S   

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE:  13.0 FEET & RISING

KCRG Weather Blog

Blustery winds cause blowing snow and cool conditions Saturday

The snow has come to an end and skies will start to clear for a short time. Enjoy mostly sunny skies off and on with a few clouds passing by. With snow on the ground and a strong northwesterly wind at 15 to 25 mph and gusting near 30 plus at times, it will be much colder. High temperatures are only going to top out into the upper 20s and if you’re lucky you may hit 30. The strong winds will also cause blowing snow. Please slow down and double the amount of time it takes you to get to your location. There will be slick spots all across the area, but especially north where the majority of the snow had fallen. Tonight’s temperatures will drop back into the upper teens and low 20s, but winds will switch directions allowing for temperatures to warm for Sunday. Winds will blow out of the southwest at 15 to 25 mph allowing temperatures to climb into the 40s.

February 24 snowfall totals

Heavy snow stayed just outside the TV9 viewing area. Eight to 12 inches of snow was reported in parts of northwest through north-central Iowa into southern Minnesota. Locally, the highest total was in Cresco, where the most recent observation was five inches on Friday morning. Additional snow in the evening probably pushed that number closer to six inches. The following totals were the latest received, and many were taken Friday morning before the final band of snow moved through Friday evening. Cresco: 5.0" Hampton: 4.0" Allison: 3.0" Charles City: 2.0" Decorah: 2.0" Monona: 2.0" Nashua: 2.0" Clarksville: 1.5" Calmar: 1.1" Dumont: 1.0" Iowa Falls: 1.0" Lansing: 1.0" New Hampton: 1.0"

Rain, storms, snow, and wind: it’s all coming

Winter is blasting its way back to the Midwest. Thursday evening and night, rain will spread across the area. Some thunderstorms are possible, and there is the off-chance that a few of these could produce small hail. Severe weather is not expected, however. Rainfall amounts of a half-inch or more are likely, especially in thunderstorms. Most of the showers will begin to taper off Friday morning. However, the potent storm system will only be getting started. Precipitation will pivot across far northern Iowa, but what exactly falls is still in question. There is the potential that a wintry mix of sleet and snow will fall through the morning up to about the lunch hour, then switch over to snow. However, it may change to all snow in the morning and stay that way. If that is the case, snowfall totals will be on the higher end of the range. Winds will increase and gust as high as 35 mph starting Friday afternoon. This will cause blowing snow and low visibility in northern Iowa where the snow is heaviest, making travel dangerous. Blizzard conditions are possible in far northern Iowa. As the storm system pulls away, the band of snow will come through the entire TV9 viewing area. That will happen from west to east during the afternoon, and most places should be getting snow during the evening commute on Friday. Even where snow isn’t as heavy, travel will probably be slow at times because of lower visibility. Snow will end by daybreak on Saturday. Snowfall totals of four to eight inches are likely in far northern Iowa, with the potential for higher amounts. This should taper off to an inch or two along Highway 20 from Waterloo to the east, and an inch or less around Highway 30 and south. However, any shift in the track of this system would affect those snowfall amounts. The latest watches, advisories, and warnings are at www.kcrg.com/weather/winterweather.

February’s records have been rewritten

Wednesday’s warmth absolutely blew away the record highs for February 22. In some places, it even beat the all-time warmest February temperatures on record. Cedar Rapids’ high of 76 smashed its record of 64 degrees set in 1984. It also beat the all-time February record of 73 degrees, which happened in 1921. Wednesday was also the third 70-degree day this month. Up until this year, 70 had been recorded only one time: in 1921. Dubuque hit the 70s for the first time in February since records began in 1873. Prior to today, the warmest February high was 68 degrees in 1921. Wednesday’s high was 71, which beat the daily record of 61 degrees (in 1984) by a huge margin. Iowa City soared well past the record high of 63 set in 1922, getting all the way to 77. It also surpassed the all-time February record, which happened to be rewritten just this past Friday. The high that day was 74 degrees. Prior to that, the February record was 73 degrees in 1921. Waterloo, despite some clouds, still made it to 69. That was enough to beat the record of 61 in 1984. The all-time February record there is 71 degrees, set in 1921, still stands.

Breaking all time record highs for February

Mother Nature has been so gracious lately. The sun shines again today and temperatures will be well above normal once more. Expect highs reaching into the low to middle 70s. All time record high temperatures will be broken today! The wonderful warmth that is forecast today is in part thanks to a strong southerly wind at 10 to 25 mph. Wind gusts will likely be stronger at times. Be careful not to blow away, but be sure to enjoy the great sunshine and warmth. A cold front will pass through moving into the evening and overnight night hours. Winds will shift to the northwest at 5 to 15 mph and clouds will increase. Temperatures will drop into the upper 30s. This cold front will bring in rain chances throughout Thursday afternoon. Showers and a few rumbles of thunder will continue into the evening and overnight hours. Friday will also have the chance for showers.