After a couple of days in the deep freeze, we're already beginning to feel more comfortable today as warmer air is now flowing into the region on the backside of the massive area of high pressure that has been dominant in the mid-section of the country for the past couple of days. We'll continue to enjoy bright sunshine today, but with much stronger winds than the past couple of days blowing that warmer air in from the southwest. Gusts will be in the 25 to 30 mile per hour range through the afternoon, potentially causing some localized blowing snow in the area and adding a chill to the air as our high temperatures in the mid-30s will only feel like the mid-20s.
Winds will drop off a bit this evening while temperatures ease back into the upper 20s under clear skies. Overnight low temperatures will be in the upper teens with a slight southwest breeze.
The gorgeous weekend weather forecast that has seemed almost too good to be true still looks imminent as that warmer air mass will move in for the next couple of days with abundant sunshine across our area and our winds Saturday and Sunday will be much lighter than the gusty conditions we're going to deal with today. Look for high temperatures in the mid and upper 30s for both Saturday and Sunday.
A storm system from the southwest will graze the area to the south Monday, bringing a slight chance of light snow to the area, especially in northeastern
Iowa. A better chance for snow will move in for Tuesday and early Wednesday as another wave of low pressure glides in from the southwest. At this point, it looks like a light dose of snowfall will impact the area with temperatures slowly falling off from the lower 30s early in the week to the 20s by the middle of next week.