Official Winter Storm Thread for 12/21 - 12/26

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  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy CF Founder
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    New week, new storm. Please keep discussion here for organizational purposes.
     
  2. wxman1

    wxman1 Well-Known Member

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    It is going to be an interesting week.
     
  3. alarson

    alarson Well-Known Member

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    If its going to snow, make it a lot of snow. None of this 'just enough to make driving a pain in the ***" stuff.
     
  4. hurdleisu24

    hurdleisu24 Well-Known Member

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    anyone got any updates for snow fall expectations for the state?
     
  5. alarson

    alarson Well-Known Member

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    It all seems to be varying depending on where the rain\snow line falls as the storm comes though wednesday. Sounds like snow all of thurs either way, but weds could be snow or it could be rain\ice.
     
  6. hurdleisu24

    hurdleisu24 Well-Known Member

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    they still saying we could be looking at 10 inches or more statewide?
     
  7. fccy

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    Don't know about rest of state, but KTTC (Rochester, MN) on tonight's weather segment said something to the effect that it could rival the early December storm for northern IA/southern MN. Of course, she first siad "I don't want to hype this up, but....".

    Up here, we got a foot.
     
  8. FDWxMan

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    Potentially, though it is looking increasingly likely that a good chunk of s. central and SE Iowa will see a period of rain/freezing rain for at least parts of Wed, if not Thursday.

    So there will likely be dramatic differences in totals across the state compared to last time, let alone if we get into sig. ice impacts.

    Something else to consider for those who do see rain, you could probably put a rough estimate of every quarter of an inch of rain being equivalent somewhere around 3 to 4 inches of snow you're not getting. That's what will make this tricky, off by an hour on the transition to snow, and that extra .4 or .5 inches of rain cuts about 6" off the snow totals.
     
  9. CyCrazy

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    I hope you guys get 3 feet im off to San Diego. So by Jan 3rd I expect this to be all gone :wink:
     
  10. Wx4Cy

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    Sure will make a nice ice blanket under that snow when it freezes over...
     
  11. Al_4_State

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    It seems that a majority of the time, these storms are really over hyped, which I suppose is just to play it safe. The last one was right on the money, so Im hoping that this storm is in that mode.
     
  12. CydeOut

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    Those of you that know what you are talking about, please keep this updated. I will be traveling to Iowa and not sure what our plans should be. Thanks in advance...this is why I don't miss Iowa much.
     
  13. FDWxMan

    FDWxMan Well-Known Member

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    No kidding, like '07-08 when we had that first ice storm in December and then had that nice 2" sheet of refrozen melted snow and ice sheet under everything until March.
     
  14. dmclone

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    Also keep in mind that there is a lot of snow in the ditches so it will drift on the roads quickly.
     
  15. SeattleClone

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    I hope the dealership plays nice tomorrow and I can get my truck before heading out of town on Wednesday...
     
  16. cycloner29

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    I found out on Friday that our company is giving us Xmas eve day off. We are heading to Carroll from Ames. Trying to decide when to leave as we have to be in Carroll for Christmas Eve. I trust you on this Metinka!!
     
  17. kkise

    kkise Well-Known Member

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    I'll wait a couple of days before I get worried. Too many variables yet.
     
  18. cloneluke80

    cloneluke80 Well-Known Member

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    I'd say something big is going to happen:

    NWS out of Des Moines:

    Although weaker systems may bring an inch or two of snow to northern Iowa today and again Monday night, the bigger weather story will be the major storm system that will bring extended significant impacts to much of the Midwest Wednesday through Friday. Although details regarding precipitation type and amounts will not be known for a day or two, many areas of the Midwest may experience significant snow or ice accumulations along with windy conditions which may linger into Christmas Day. People planning holiday travel should definitely check the latest forecasts and road conditions before proceeding.
     
  19. Al_4_State

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    Looks like we're going to be heading home (Rochester/Mason City area) Tuesday night just in case. Really not up for driving I-35 in a blizzard on a high traffic day.
     
  20. cloneluke80

    cloneluke80 Well-Known Member

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    I am going to a Plan B also.
     

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