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    Thursday Winter Storm

    This winter storm looks to be the worst of the season for parts of Iowa. The Gulf of Mexico is going to open up sending moisture streaming northward. There will be a nose of warm air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere, creating the scenario for a potentially significant freezing rain event over central/southern Iowa. The key to ice accumulations with this storm seems to be the placement of the sub-freezing surface temperatures. Surface temperatures may actually rise above freezing in the far south, where precipitation may turn into plain old rain. However, where surface temperatures remain at or below freezing, the ice accumulations could reach 0.5"+. North of the line, ice accumulations may be from 0.25-0.5" or more as well. Farther north into central/northern Iowa, precip should be more snow, with heavy accumulations possible... 6-10". Ames/Des Moines seems to be located in the area that will see potentially significant icing, followed by a few inches of snow.

    My way-to-early prediction for Ames/Des Moines is 0.3" of ice accumulations followed by 5" of snow.



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    It better all be clear by Friday. I am driving back to Ames from Austin for Christmas and would very much like to not hassle with ice and snow...



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Yay?5


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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    But the Tuesday storm hasn't even finished yet...

    Any idea when this storm will hit? Will we wake up Thursday to a blanket of ice, or will it hit just in time for the drive home after work?



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinal&gold View Post
    It better all be clear by Friday. I am driving back to Ames from Austin for Christmas and would very much like to not hassle with ice and snow...
    I know what you mean... I'm going to try to leave Ames and go home on Thursday... and I'll probably have to leave really early to beat the worst conditions. I hope it slows down and doesn't start for a few extra hours. Once I'm home it can do whatever it wants!



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    But the Tuesday storm hasn't even finished yet...

    Any idea when this storm will hit? Will we wake up Thursday to a blanket of ice, or will it hit just in time for the drive home after work?
    Right now the forecast is leaning towards Thursday afternoon/evening being the worst.



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Yeah, I'm a bit worried about this. I have to travel to Omaha for work on Thursday and am starting to wonder if I should leave either on Wednesday night or really early Thursday morning...




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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    It's currently looking like it will start in the early morning hours of Thursday



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Can we please be done with winter storms? I'm tired of them already.



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs.ISUFan22 View Post
    Can we please be done with winter storms? I'm tired of them already.
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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    The sad thing this is only December. The worst winter months are usually the next 2...


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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    It's currently looking like it will start in the early morning hours of Thursday
    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Right now the forecast is leaning towards Thursday afternoon/evening being the worst.
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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    You both suck
    Well, I wouldn't be surprised to see it start Thursday morning, but the worst conditions will probably start at around noon, just because of the accumulations beginning to add up.

    Maybe I'm just hoping that, so I can make it home in the morning??



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Well, the NWS in Des Moines has issued a winter storm watch for much of Iowa. Rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow will all be possible with this storm. Exacts amounts will depend on the precise storm track. My current thoughts are that it will begin icing mid-Thursday morning and worsen from then on. Thursday night and early Friday will be a mess. Des Moines is right on the line, it seems, from getting either a lot of sleet, or a lot of freezing rain.

    NWS Statement:
    A MIXTURE OF FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW IS POSSIBLE OVER THE
    AREA THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. AT THIS TIME...IT APPEARS THAT
    SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 30 BETWEEN ONE QUARTER AND ONE HALF INCH OF ICE
    ACCRUAL IS POSSIBLE...ALONG WITH UP TO AN INCH OF SLEET...AND
    POSSIBLY A FEW INCHES OF SNOW. FREEZING RAIN WILL BE THE MAIN
    PRECIPITATION TYPE SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 92. MAINLY HEAVY SNOW IS
    POSSIBLE NORTH OF HIGHWAY 30...WHERE SNOWFALL OF GREATER THAN 6
    INCHES IS POSSIBLE.



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    Re: Thursday Winter Storm

    Hooray! Maybe I can go into a ditch sometime before the holiday break! I didn't today, so Thursday could be my shot.


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