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VOTING FOR WARMER WEATHER: The weather today will be split with some morning to early afternoon rain moving from west to east across the state. The rain may linger through the entire day in our far eastern counties but skies should begin to clear in the western counties by the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the 40s to lower 50s. Readings will begin a slow warmup ahead of the next storm with 60s returning by Thursday and perhaps nearing or surpassing 70 by Friday and perhaps Saturday.

STORM CLOUD BALLOTS: The storm is still on track for Saturday into Sunday with some showers and thunderstorms possible. Some storms could be strong but the severe weather threat may be just to our south and southwest. We’ll be able to adjust that in the next day or two. There could be enough cold air on the backside of the storm Sunday night into early Monday for some snow but it’s way too early to discuss that at this time as well. It will get drastically colder behind the system with highs back into the upper 30s to middle 40s early next week.

HANGING CHADS AT MID MONTH: No real trends passed this upcoming storm. We’ve seen some runs with a big storm, other runs with no storm. Temperatures will remain close to seasonal levels for the middle of November heading toward Thanksgiving, but it’s too early to determine anything passed 7 days at this time.

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Jeff Wilcox serves as the Assistant Lead Forecaster for the Iowa Weather Network and is in charge of daily forecasting operations. He produces the "Iowa Weather Report" four days a week, as he has since 2008, with features including a video, graphics, discussions, and more. Weather has always fascinated him since he was young. His first memory of weather was back in 1988 during the Mother’s Day Tornado Outbreak in 1988. He vaguely remembers the cold snap the state experienced around Christmas Time in 1983, but was too young to remember that vividly. Growing up in Anamosa since moving there in 1981, he has experienced all the weather imaginable from bitter cold in early 1996 to hot and humid weather in 1995 and again in 2012, to floods in 1993, 1999, 2008 and 2013, to droughts in 1988 and 2012. After doing some other website work and other interests which included publishing a novel in 2007, he finally began the Iowa Weather Blog on June 27th 2008, right after the Flood of 2008. He worked it alone for hours on end giving out weather information that he thought was appropriate for those that wanted to know what was going on in their skies and what was to come. In 2012, the Iowa Weather Blog merged with two other Iowa weather organizations in the state to form the Iowa Weather Network.

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