Snow fall stops as temperature drops tonightThe next possibility of snow fall will be Friday, Feb. 1
The National Weather Service in Davenport reported today that snow is expected to end early this evening, but cold temperatures with wind chills below zero at night can be expected through the rest of the week.
Meteorologist Donna Dubberke said today that the winter storm that entered the area after a day with a record high of 60 degrees is the result of a cold front traveling along a low-pressure system. She explained the warm and cold air combined to form snow.
“Air travels counterclockwise along the low-pressure system,” Dubberke explained. “Yesterday warm air traveled up from the south and today the cold air from the north is replacing it.”
Dubberke said the snow is likely to continue through the afternoon. She said that the high tonight would be about 7 degrees, with winds of about 15 mph, creating a wind chill of about -10. She said tomorrow there might be some snow flurries. There is a 50 percent chance of snow on Friday, she said.
The Weather Service is predicting a total snowfall of 4 to 7 inches for the area. The Iowa State patrol has issued a “no travel is advised” statement in association with several major roadways, including I-80; I-380; U.S. 20; U.S. 63; U.S. 151, and U.S. 218. A release from the Iowa Department of Transportation says that snow is continuing to fall in all but the western third of the state and strong winds persist. Air and pavement temperature remains below freezing.
The same storm system has been impacting the entire Midwest, bringing high winds, hail and at least one tornado. One death was reported in Nashville, Tenn., when a tree blew down onto a shed where a man was sheltering. Another person was reportedly hit by lighting in Arkansas, and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Two others were injured when high winds blew a mobile home off its foundation in Kentucky. The National Weather Service’s storm prediction center in Norman, Okla., reports it is investigating reports of at least four possible tornadoes.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.