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KCRG TV 9 First Alert Forecast

KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020      

TODAY:  CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW AND FLURRIES.  LITTLE ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION.  HIGH 34. NORTH WIND 10-20 MPH.               

TONIGHT:  CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW OR FLURRIES.  LOW 30.  NO

                    ACCUMULATION EXPECTED. 

TOMORROW:  CLOUDY.  HIGH 31. 

EXTENDED OUTLOOK SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: 

DRY SUNDAY AND MONDAY, A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS TUESDAY.  HIGH’S IN THE 30’S.  LOW’S IN THE 20’S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


KCRG Weather Blog

Snowfall reports for January 23-24, 2020

These are the snow reports received between 3 a.m. and 11 a.m. on January 24. When a location has a number and direction, that indicates how many miles from the city center the report was. For example, "3 NNE Cedar Rapids" was reported three miles north-northeast of the center of Cedar Rapids. If a location isn't listed, it's because there was not a report from there. 1 SW Floris Davis (Co): 6.0” 9 SSW Bloomfield (Davis Co): 5.0” 2 NNW Oskaloosa (Mahaska Co): 4.3” 3 SSW Bloomfield (Davis Co): 4.0” Lowden (Cedar Co): 4.0" 2 NE Ottumwa (Wapello Co): 4.0” North English (Iowa Co): 4.0” 2 NNW North Liberty (Johnson Co): 4.0” Stanwood (Cedar Co): 4.0” 5 SW Montezuma (Poweshiek Co): 4.0” 2 SW New London (Henry Co): 3.8” 1 SSW North Liberty (Johnson Co): 3.8” Bertram (Linn Co): 3.8” Mount Vernon (Linn Co): 3.8” 1 ESE New London (Henry Co): 3.7” 1 SW University Heights (Johnson Co): 3.7” 1 ESE Coralville (Johnson Co): 3.5” 2 NNW Williamstown (Johnson Co): 3.5” Sigourney (Keokuk Co): 3.5” Durant (Cedar Co): 3.5” 3 ESE (Hiawatha Linn Co): 3.5” 3 NNE (Cedar Rapids Linn Co): 3.5” Parnell (Iowa Co): 3.5” Solon (Johnson Co): 3.3” Coggon (Linn Co): 3.0” 1 SW Washington (Washington Co): 3.0” 1 W Montezuma Poweshiek Co): 3.0” 3 SE Iowa City Airport (Johnson Co): 3.0” Montezuma (Poweshiek Co): 3.0” 2 SSE Hiawatha (Linn Co): 3.0” 1 NNW Monticello Airport (Jones Co): 3.0” 2 ESE Fairview (Jones Co): 2.9” Ely (Linn Co): 2.8” 1 S Salem (Henry Co): 2.8” 3 ESE Amber (Louisa Co): 2.8” 2 NNW Oakland Mills (Henry Co): 2.8” 2 W Cedar Rapids (Linn Co): 2.8” 4 NNE Muscatine (Muscatine Co): 2.7” 2 NW Muscatine (Muscatine Co): 2.7” 2 N Muscatine (Muscatine Co): 2.6” 1 WNW Fulton (Jackson Co): 2.5” 1 E Dewitt (Clinton Co): 2.5” 1 NE Fairfax (Linn Co): 2.5” 1 NW Center Grove (Dubuque Co): 2.3” Elizabeth (Jo Daviess Co): 2.1” 2 ENE Dubuque (Dubuque Co): 2.0” 1 ENE Vinton (Benton Co): 2.0” 1 W Maquoketa Airport (Jackson Co): 2.0” 4 NNE Lafayette (Linn Co): 2.0” Coggon (Linn Co): 1.7” 3 SSE Atkins (Benton Co): 1.7” Strawberry Point (Clayton Co): 1.6" 2 NNW Mount Auburn (Benton Co): 1.5” 2 ENE Hazleton (Buchanan Co): 1.5” Cassville (Grant Co): 1.5” 1 NE Volga (Clayton Co): 1.4” Calmar (Winneshiek Co): 1.4" 1 SW Traer (Tama Co): 1.3” Guttenberg Dam 10 (Clayton Co): 1.3” 1 SSE Manchester (Delaware Co): 1.2” 6 SSW Elkader (Clayton Co): 1.1” 3 S Shellsburg (Benton Co): 1.0” Rickardsville (Dubuque Co): 1.0” 2 NNW Marshalltown (Marshall Co): 1.0” 3 N Toledo (Tama Co): 1.0” Clutier (Tama Co): 1.0” 2 NNW Marshalltown (Marshall Co): 1.0” 2 SSE Waterloo (Black Hawk Co): 0.9” Cedar Falls Black (Hawk Co): 0.9” 1 E Grundy Center (Grundy Co): 0.7” Tripoli (Bremer Co): 0.5” 1 ENE Eldora (Hardin Co): 0.4”

Snowfall totals for January 22-23, 2020

These are the snow reports received between midnight and noon on January 23. When a location has a number and direction, that indicates how many miles from the city center the report was. For example, "3 NNE Cedar Rapids" was reported three miles north-northeast of the center of Cedar Rapids. If a location isn't listed, it's because there was not a report from there. 1 SE De Soto (Crawford Co, WI): 4.3” New Hampton (Chickasaw Co, IA): 4.0” 3 SSE Steuben (Crawford Co, WI): 3.3” Charles City (Floyd Co, IA): 3.2” 1 NW Guttenberg (Clayton Co, IA): 3.2" Cascade (Dubuque Co, IA): 3.0” Guttenberg (Clayton Co, IA): 3.0” 1 ENE Volga (Clayton Co, IA): 3.0” Coggon (Linn Co, IA): 3.0” 2 SSE Nora Springs (Floyd Co, IA): 3.0” 3 N Toledo (Tama Co, IA): 3.0” Gays Mills (Crawford Co, WI): 3.0” Guttenberg (Clayton Co, IA): 3.0” Evansdale (Black Hawk Co, IA): 3.0” 2 W Cedar Rapids (Linn Co, IA): 2.9” 1 NW Fayette (Fayette Co, IA): 2.8” Iowa City (Johnson Co, IA): 2.8" 3 ENE Randalia (Fayette Co, IA): 2.8” 6 NE Postville (Allamakee Co, IA): 2.8” 1 WSW Hiawatha (Linn Co, IA): 2.8” 2 SSW Hiawatha (Linn Co, IA): 2.8” Prairie du Chien (Crawford Co, WI): 2.8” Anamosa (Jones Co, IA): 2.7” 2 NNW Oakland Mills (Henry Co, IA): 2.6” 4 W Stanley (Buchanan Co, IA): 2.5” West Chester (Washington Co, IA): 2.5” Calmar (Winneshiek Co, IA): 2.5" 1 NNE Prairie du Chien (Crawford Co, WI): 2.5” Solon (Johnson Co, IA): 2.5” 2 WSW Cedar Rapids (Linn Co, IA): 2.5” Sinsinawa (Grant Co, WI): 2.5" Cedar Rapids (Linn Co, IA): 2.5” Swedesburg (Henry Co, IA): 2.3” 8 ENE Decorah (Winneshiek Co, IA): 2.3” 4 NNE Fairfax (Linn Co, IA): 2.3” Anamosa (Jones Co, IA): 2.2” 2 NE Cedar Rapids (Linn Co, IA): 2.2” Dubuque Regional Airport (Dubuque Co, IA): 2.2” Tripoli (Bremer Co, IA): 2.2” Marion (Linn Co, IA): 2.1” 3 SW Center Junction (Jones Co, IA): 2.1” Hiawatha (Linn Co, IA): 2.1” Parnell (Iowa, IA): 2.0” 3 SE Fairview (Jones Co, IA): 2.0” 1 WNW Maquoketa (Jackson Co, IA): 2.0” Cassville (Grant Co, WI): 2.0" 2 NW Decorah (Winneshiek Co, IA): 2.0" Marble Rock (Floyd Co, IA): 2.0" 1 NE Fairfax (Linn Co, IA): 2.0” 1 W Anamosa (Jones Co, IA): 2.0” 2 N Iowa City (Johnson Co, IA): 2.0” Dubuque (Dubuque Co, IA): 2.0” 1 W Montezuma (Poweshiek Co, IA): 2.0” Clutier (Tama Co, IA): 2.0” New Hampton (Chickasaw Co, IA): 2.0” 4 WSW Lancaster (Grant Co, WI): 2.0” 1 SW Traer (Tama Co, IA): 2.0" Montezuma (Poweshiek Co, IA): 2.0" 2 NNW Marshalltown (Marshall Co, IA): 2.0" 2 NW Marion (Linn Co, IA): 2.0” Elkader (Clayton Co, IA): 1.9” University Heights (Johnson Co, IA): 1.9” Elma (Howard Co, IA): 1.8” 3 N Oakland Mills (Henry Co, IA): 1.8” 1 NE Cresco (Howard Co, IA): 1.8” Rickardsville (Dubuque Co, IA): 1.8” Muscoda (Grant Co, WI): 1.8” 2 SSE Waterloo (Black Hawk Co, IA): 1.8" 1 ENE Eldora (Hardin Co, IA): 1.7" 1 ESE Iowa Falls (Hardin Co, IA): 1.5” 2 NE Ottumwa (Wapello Co, IA): 1.5" Durant (Cedar Co, IA): 1.5" 2 NNW North Liberty (Johnson Co, IA): 1.5” 3 SE Tipton (Cedar Co, IA): 1.5” Lowden (Cedar Co, IA): 1.5” 2 NNW Muscatine (Muscatine Co, IA): 1.4” Stanwood (Cedar Co, IA): 1.4” 1 E Grundy Center (Grundy Co, IA): 1.0” 1 NW Center Grove (Dubuque Co, IA): 1.0”

Beyond the Weather: Late January sights

Here are some interesting targets for you to take a look at beyond the weather in the coming week - if we can only get the clouds to break during night sometime! Oftentimes, we have you find the constellation Orion. It is easy to spot in the southeast evening sky. Once located, imagine a line straight through the belt toward the horizon. This brings you to the star Sirius. Using binoculars, look just below Sirius. What you will see is a small cluster of stars, M41, known as the Little Beehive. Starting this weekend and continuing through next week, look to the southwest an hour after sunset. Watch the progression of the phase of the moon each night. In addition, the moon will pass a very bright Venus. Just below Venus - but unable to be seen with an unaided eye - is the planet Neptune. Happy stargazing!

Most of our snows are small ones

We’re in the middle of a slow-moving weather system that’s bringing a prolonged snow, albeit a light one. The vast majority of our snowfalls are light; not many cross the six-inch mark. Cedar Rapids averages about 21 days each year with measurable snow (at least 0.1”). About 11 days stay under an inch and 18 days have less than three inches. Since 2010, Cedar Rapids has had only nine two-day snowfalls of at least six inches. There were a couple in 2019 and 2018, but none in 2017 or 2016. In Dubuque, there are about 28 days each year with measurable snow. 16 of those are less than an inch, and 24 days come in under three inches. Dubuque has had 15 two-day snowfalls of at least six inches since 2010. Iowa City gets just 14 to 15 days of measurable snow each year, on average. Five of them are less than an inch and 11 are less than three inches. Iowa City has picked up nine two-day snowfalls of at least six inches since 2010. It’s worth noting that four of them were either 6.0” on those nose or 6.1”. Finally, Waterloo averages 26 days of measurable snow each year. 15 of those are less than an inch. 23 are less than three inches. Waterloo does manage to pick up more two-day snowfalls of at least six inches. There have been 21 of them there since 2010.

The ol’ January temperature switcheroo

The first half of this month was relatively mild. From January 1st through 15th, the average temperature in Cedar Rapids was 27.8 degrees. That was good enough for a tie for the 16th-warmest first half of January. (By the way, that was right behind last year’s 27.9 degrees – but there are no signs of the bottom dropping out anytime soon!) The warmest high was 58 degrees, which was fifth-warmest on record for that period. Then we finally got smacked with some cold air. The high on the 16th was 8 degrees and on Sunday it was 7. That was the coldest high since March 4th, 2019, when the high was also 7 degrees. Here’s how the rest of the area did. Dubuque Average temperature January 1-15: 27.3 (16th-warmest) Cold since then: 12 on the 19th and 16th (coldest since March 4, 2019) Iowa City Average temperature January 1-15: 31.7 (warmest, but only 30 years of records) Cold since then: 10 on the 19th (coldest since February 8, 2019) Waterloo Average temperature January 1-15: 26.6 (10th-warmest) Cold since then: 8 on the 19th and 6 on the 16th (coldest since January 31, 2019)