Iowa Weather Report December 1st 2013

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HEADING INTO DECEMBER: It will be a bit cooler today with partly to mostly sunny skies still around. Highs today will range from the middle 30s north to the middle 40s south. There will be a notable increase in cloudiness late tonight into Monday as a warm front moves through the state. It may kick off a flurry or a sprinkle at most but nothing to worry about. Monday will see mainly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s (except the SW where middle 40s on up are possible).

NEXT SYSTEM: A low pressure center will track just to the north of the state on Tuesday into early on Wednesday. This may bring a slight chance of precipitation to mainly the northern counties of the state. Most of the precipitation will be along and north of the low pressure track, so we may miss out on the snow that will likely fall across Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Another system will track to our south and may skim the southern and southeastern counties of the state with some light snow or flurries. Any accumulation at this time looks to be minor. This is in comparison to the earlier model runs on Saturday that showed possible moderate to heavy snow across the state. We’ll watch for any possible changes in storm track. What doesn’t look to change is the big plunge of much colder air that will move in Friday into the following weekend. Highs on Friday and Saturday may struggle to get out of the teens with a cold northerly wind to drop wind chill readings to near or below zero. (Any snow pack that may fall may lower these readings further). Lows will be in the single digits above and below zero.

EXTENDING OUT: A few systems may graze the state with some chances of snow across the area. Readings look to be near seasonal levels for this time of year with a possible moderation of readings toward the end of the period. No confidence at this time regarding the extended period.

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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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