We're enjoying a much needed, albeit short-lived break from unsettled, messy, wintry weather today as strong high pressure is settling into the region, bringing sunshine instead of snow chances today. Unfortunately, this high pressure has its origins in the Arctic, so today we're dealing with some brutally cold temperatures. High temperatures this afternoon will only be in the single digits and at best the wind chill values today will get close to zero as they start the day in the -20 to -30 range. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 9:00 for most of our local area.
The storm system we've been talking about all week arrives Friday morning and the snowfall from that system will show up late in the morning and early afternoon. Snowfall totals by evening will be in a two to four inches range with temperatures climbing to the mid-20s by late in the day as gusty southeast winds work to pull in warmer air. Snowfall may become heavy at times Friday evening and a little freezing rain may even mix in late in the night, especially in northeast Iowa and far southeast Minnesota. Snow looks to wind down by mid-morning Saturday, but strong, gusty northwest winds will cause blowing snow through the day. Overall, snowfall totals will be in a five to eight-inch range with a few spots north in the area reaching nine inches and parts of north Iowa closer to four inches. Temperatures, meanwhile, will drop to the teens in the afternoon and then single digits by evening with wind chill levels slightly below zero.
Sunday looks very cold but blissfully dry and peaceful with sunshine and high temperatures will be in the single digits. Wind chill values will be in the teens below zero.
The quieter weather looks to continue through most of next week, but temperatures will continue to be well below the seasonal average for about the next week.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: