Near record warmth continues, even as rain arrives

Temperatures plummet by Friday... accumulating snow likely too

February 19, 2017 - It was a fun day in the KCAU9 Weather Center...we were on record watch! Sioux City fell just 2 degrees short of record today, we got a high of 67 degrees, the record stands at 69 (1996). Many of our surrounding friends did break records though... Des Moines, Omaha, and Lincoln are just some that broke daily high temperature records.

Temperatures will stay very warm tonight... in fact so warm we could break a record warm low!

Tonight, clouds thicken with an approaching cold front. Winds stay southerly, and a bit breezy with some gusts to 20 mph. We could see a couple of showers start late, by 3 or 4 AM, but most of the rain will arrive by 7 AM.

Lows will stay in the 50's tonight... incredibly warm! If temperatures don't fall below 43 degrees before midnight Monday night, we'll break a record warm low from 1930!

The cold front arrives in Siouxland Monday morning. Scattered showers will greet you for your morning commute, and by mid-morning we could even hear some rumbles of thunder! No severe weather is expected.

The front will quickly push east, wrapping up most of the rain by the afternoon west of I-29, lingering east only through 4 PM. Everyone will be dry by 7 PM. Rainfall amounts will be about 0.25".

Even with the clouds and cooling from the rain, temperatures will stay warm for our Monday. Forecast high of 65 could tie the record from 1981.

Tuesday will be even warmer with sunshine and a southwest wind. Highs will likely shatter records...we're forecasting Sioux City to get to 71 degrees, the record stands at 64 (1943).

Wednesday and Thursday will still sit in the 50's and 60's keeping us on track to tie the record for longest stretch of warm weather in February.

However, Thursday will be the last warm day! Thursday highs will get into the 50's as our warm pattern starts to break down ahead of a strong cold front that'll plummet temperatures for Friday.

As the cold front approaches, we'll have rain likely on Thursday with gusty winds. Rain will turn to snow by Friday as temperatures plummet. Winds will stay gusty so cold wind chills and blowing snow will be a concern.

While accumulating snow looks likely Friday, there is still uncertainty in the track of the storm, meaning more details to come on how much snow to expect!

Temperatures on Friday fall into the 30's, overnights in the teens with blustery winds. Next weekend will be much colder than this past weekend, with highs even a bit below normal in the low 30's.

Enjoy the temperature roller coaster!!! -- Elisa  


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