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QUITTING COLD TURKEY: The warm weather has one more day left in it before the cold weather returns for possibly the rest of the year. Highs of 50s and 60s today will be replaced with 30s to near 40 on Friday with strong north to northwesterly winds. The far southeastern counties of the state may get an isolated shower but this is remote as this time as the front moving through will mainly come through dry for most of the state.

GOBBLING UP COLD: The cold weather will stick around into the weekend with 30s and 40s for highs and mainly sunny weather. A new storm will begin to take shape Monday and Tuesday of next week that may bring some chances of snow across the southern counties of the state. The model runs have been inconsistent with this system for a while but there looks to be some agreement of some light snow Tuesday into Tuesday night in the southern and southeastern counties. We’ll have more detail on this throughout the holiday weekend.

WISHING FOR A WHITE DECEMBER: If this run of the GFS is right, we may have two storms in which the second one may bring more white stuff to the state. Both of these storms are projected to come through in the first few days of December. The first one will have mainly rain if the model run is right with colder filtering in giving the second one about 2-3 days later more opportunity for snow. It’s too early to determine any accumulations with this or whether it will be there on the next model run. We’ll have to wait for any trends to appear to get more confidence.

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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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