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Snow, blowing snow today; a quieter weekend is ahead

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Blustery with light snow today

The storm system that brought the first significant snowfall to the area of 2021 continues to slowly wobble its way through eastern Iowa, keeping the chance for additional snow showers in our area for our Friday. Totals from Thursday night were generally in a two to six-inch range (4.1 inches officially in Rochester Thursday) and a fresh one to three inches of snowfall will be possible today with the heaviest snowfall accumulation west of Rochester. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 6:00 this evening along and west of Interstate 35 in the western portion of our local area where not only more snowfall occur, but strong north winds on the northwest periphery of the storm system will cause widespread blowing snow, reducing visibility levels. High temperatures will be in the mid-30s with brisk north winds that will occasionally reach 20 miles per hour, higher than that in the Blizzard Warning counties.

A look at expected 48 hour snowfall totals from Thursday and Friday.

Snow tapers off tonight

Snow will continue until shortly after midnight with a raw northwest wind keeping wind chills in the teens while overnight low temperatures will be in the mid-20s.

A quieter weekend

Clouds will hang around the area for Saturday bethind the departing late-week storm system, but the weather will drier and less windy. High temperatures will be in the upper 20s with a chilly northwest breeze that will reach 15 miles per hour at times.

A weak storm system will slide through the area late Saturday night, bringing very light snow showers in the pre-dawn hours. Only a very ligth dusting of accumulation is expected with overnight temperatures in the upper teens.

The rest of Sunday looks pretty decent with more clouds than sunshine, but light winds and seasonable temperatures that will reach the mid 20s in the afternoon.

A peaceful week is ahead

The weather pattern for the upcoming week looks slightly active, but only very minor storm systems will move through the area, bringing very light snow and flurry chances at times while temperatures will be seasonably cold if not warmer. Look for very light snow early Tuesdya morning with flurries Wednesday and Thursday. In between, there will be a few breaks of sunshine with high temperatures in the mid to upper 20s throughout the week.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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