Record Highs Today

February 21, 2017 - Be aware of some pockets of fog this morning, but it looks like those should lift fast as the wind strengthens from the SW mixing out the atmosphere. It'll be an incredibly warm day with a high of 70° this afternoon. Not only is that over 30° above normal, it'll also easily qualify as a Record High for today in Sioux City (the previous record is 64° from 1943).

In Northeast Nebraska, the National Weather Service has put out a RED FLAG WARNING from Noon until 6 PM. There'll be the right combination of dry vegetation, strong winds, and warm temperatures to allow fires to spread easily. Avoid all outdoor burning!

Tonight the low will be 35° with clear skies.

We'll have a high tomorrow of 69° which puts us back in Record High territory (the standing record is 68° from 1982). It'll be sunny and pleasant again!

Things will change on Thursday as a system moves in leading to increasing clouds and a sharp decline in temperatures. The high Thursday will be 46° with rain showers. That will mix over into snow Thursday evening and last through Friday morning. The high on Friday will be 35°.

An early estimate on snow accumulations is 2 to 4 inches. There may be a little more that falls, but considering the soil temperatures in Siouxland are hovering near 40° it'll take some time to chill off the surface - some of the snow will melt upon contact with the ground. Be aware that the wind will be really strong as the snow is coming down so travel conditions will be poor.

The weekend and early next week appear to be more typical of February with highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s.


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