Light Snow, Much Colder Temperatures on the Way

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DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s early November but we’re about to experience winter-like weather, according to Meteorologist Megan Salois.

A winter storm will drop up to a foot of a snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Monday and will bring cold temperatures to much of the Midwest this week. Iowa will remain in the warm sector of the storm system on Monday, meaning one more day of mild temperatures before temperatures take a dive.

The storm system will move easy Monday night and will drag a cold front across the state. As the front passes, there may be a few areas of flurries and light snow showers that move across Central Iowa. These should be brief in nature. Any accumulations that happen will range from only a trace to a half inch, mainly in grassy areas. The timing of the flurries and snow showers would be after midnight and before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

After the front moves through, much colder air will move into the Midwest.  The polar jet stream, which divides the warmer mild air across the United States and the colder air across Canada, will drop to the south across the eastern US allowing much below average temperatures to go as far south as the Florida Panhandle. Daytime highs in Iowa for mid-November are usually in the low 50s and upper 40s. For the next week, highs will be in the upper 20s and low 30s with overnight lows in the teens. These cold temperatures look to stay with us through next week.

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