While the area will see single digits for highs through Saturday, things are about to change with the possibility of a high actually reaching above 32 degrees next week. Prior to that, forecasters are watching a strong winter storm currently in the Pacific northwest that will make its way into the area on Sunday night. Current models are indicating a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain, and snow to come from this storm which will linger in the area through Monday.
Of greatest concern is icing. Forecasters believe that the storm may cover the area with up to a quarter inch of ice followed by an all night snow storm. Some secondary roads are currently dealing with icing from past storms, and while road crews have been working diligently to clear the roads, slick spots still remain.
After the storm exits the area on Tuesday, highs in the lower to mid 30’s are forecast under mostly sunny daytime and mostly clear nighttime skies. Winds from Sunday to Monday will be east to southeast from 5 to 10mph which could cause minor visibility issues during the storm. Wind speed potentials after the storm have not been determined for Tuesday through Thursday of next week, so wind chills remain uncertain.
Travel may become hazardous from Sunday morning through Monday, despite that it is a holiday weekend. As a result of the possible strong storm, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Advisory in effect from Sunday at noon until Monday at 9am. This will effect the counties of Winnebago, Kossuth, Worth, Hancock, Palo Alto, Cerro Gordo, and Emmet. The major reason for the advisory is due to the icing possibilities and the resulting travel hazards.
Stay tuned to KIOW or kiow.com for further weather details as they become available.