Iowans hoping that March would usher in warmer spring-like weather following what has been a brutal winter were no doubt be disappointed Saturday.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the state for Saturday overnight into Sunday.
Parts of the state are expected to get about half-a-foot of snow, although northeast Iowa should get only 2 to 3 inches.
Along with the snow will be more bitter cold. Temperatures were not expect to rise about single digits in many areas Saturday, and were expected to drop well below zero on Sunday. Wind chills could range from 20 to 30 below zero, creating dangerous outdoor conditions.
Locally, this afternoon we’ll see sunny and cold conditions with a high near -3. Wind chill values may get as low as low as -25. North northwest wind will blow around 11 mph.
The rest of the forecast shapes up like this:
- Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around -19. Wind chill values as low as -30. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.
- Monday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 6. Wind chill values as low as -30. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.
- Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -15. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
- Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of snow after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
- Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6.