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GRAND DAY: A weekend day in November like this isn’t one to pass up. Before long snow and cold weather will be settling in and days like this won’t be see in earnest until the spring. Readings today will be in the 50s and 60s statewide with breezy south to southwesterly winds and mainly sunny skies with a few passing clouds.

RAIN RETURNING: The chance of rain later tonight into Monday is about 20-40% at best. This will be from a disturbance moving through. Rainfall will be light with many areas receiving a few hundredths at most to perhaps a tenth or two in areas where a heavier shower may pass through. Temperatures drop slightly Tuesday through Thanksgiving with readings remaining in the upper 40s through the 50s for daytime highs.

HIT THE STORES: For the big rush on specials Friday morning (even late Thanksgiving night) skies should be partly cloudy with a very slight chance of a shower with another weak disturbance moving by. Readings Friday morning will be in the 30s rising into the 40s to near 50 Friday, but colder weather on Saturday will hold readings in the 40s perhaps upper 30s.

WINDY AHEAD: The GFS is showing some rather windy systems passing through with more wind than rain and or snow. This may lead to some extreme fire danger especially in the extreme and exceptional drought areas in the western and northern parts of the state. Precipitation as of now looks somewhat scarce for the next two weeks but this could change on any run from here on.

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About Author

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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