The last day of 2018 went out on a cloudy note and for some, snowy note as 2 different storm systems impacted the region. Snow from a storm moving across Missouri clipped portions of Fillmore and Houston counties along with northeast Iowa throughout today. Snow accumulations remained under 1 inch for most of these areas with roads becoming slippery in places.
A secondary storm system drops south for this evening and may produce widespread freezing drizzle and light showers for all of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa. While we are not looking at significant ice or snow accumulations, roads are expected to become slippery which is bad news for folks heading out for New Years parties. Snow accumulations remain under 1 inch with minor ice accumulations possible.
The first day of 2019 will feel completely different compared to the last day of 2018 as a frigid air mass moves in. Look for high temperatures to only top the lower 10s by Tuesday afternoon with brisk, northwest winds. Flurries may linger into Tuesday morning with hopefully some more sunshine by the afternoon. The rest of this week looks quiet in the weather department as high pressure assumes control of our weather pattern. Temperatures rebound back into the lower 20s for Wednesday with highs returning to the lower 30s by Thursday and Friday! This quiet weather pattern should stick around right into this weekend with high temperatures remaining in the mid to upper 30s!