January never seems to disappoint. It can be terribly cold or filled with lots of snow. This week we get a taste of the cold. Highs will stretch to the 30s Monday afternoon and then sit there until the early morning Tuesday. But then temps begin to drop as a quick-moving low passes through and brings a chance for light snow and a bit of freezing rain.
The warmest part of Tuesday will be early in the day. Temperatures begin to fall through the day, ending up in the lower 20s that afternoon. With gusty winds, it will be a cold day. Wednesday brings a chance of light snow in the morning, which may cause some slick spots for the drive into work.
Folks should keep an eye on Friday, especially those with travel plans. The models indicate a large low will sweep through the upper midwest, bringing freezing rain, icing, strong winds, and some snow too. At this time North Iowa seems to be the target for most of the ice, but that will likely change. This far out the details are often wrong. I’ll continue to provide updates as they become more clear and I can begin to determine impact. For now, I wouldn’t make changes to any plans, but I would start looking at what plans to change if the major ice storm does look inevitable.
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Meteorologist Cindy Morgan works, lives and plays in Southeast Minnesota. She’s a wife and mom to two young kids. Cindy spends what little free time she has running marathons, cooking, engaging the public and walking the dog.