Iowa has had some brutal cold weather in recent weeks--it's been on-again, off-again. Now in early January, the cold weather is about to get as severe as the region has seen in the last 20 years, says the National Weather Service.
Wind chills reached lower than 20 degrees below zero the night of January 2, 2014. Temperatures in Iowa climbed higher on January 3, into the teens and 20s. But that brief respite will end when a cold front moves in January 4, says Kevin Skow, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Des Moines.
Temperatures (not wind chills) will drop to below zero Sunday, and probably won't rise back above zero until sometime Tuesday, he says. On Monday, expected high temperature for central Iowa is minus 5 degrees. The area hasn't had that cold of a high temperature since Feb. 3, 1996. In northern Iowa temperatures could drop to minus 30. Wind chills could be minus 60.
What kind of weather will we have the rest of this winter? Likely colder than normal, says Elwynn Taylor
"We've had several polar outbreaks already this winter and another one is occurring now, in the first several days of 2014," notes Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University Extension climatologist. He says we may have several more of these polar outbreaks this winter, as he views current weather indicators.