Bitter cold and accumulating snow likely to start the week

Accumulating snow appears likely Monday.

A period of wintry weather is expected through the start of the week with frigid temperatures and increasing chances for snow.

Sunday will not be so "super" as high pressure builds in behind an Arctic front. As the cold air gets established skies will become sunny with temperatures in the single digits and teens area wide. Winds will be brisk out of the north resulting in wind chills below zero through much of the day.

A potent storm system will develop and track through Iowa on Monday with accumulating snow looking like a slam dunk for much of eastern Iowa. It could very well produce the most snow we've seen in a day so far this season.

This storm will have sufficient energy and moisture to work with, something the last few systems have not had.

Snow will develop in the afternoon and continue through the Monday evening hours. The commute home from work or school could be a slick and tricky one.

It'll be a fluffy snow and as of now the early outlook of 2-4" area wide seems likely with some areas potentially seeing more. Since the storm is still a couple days away and hasn't developed yet, the track is still uncertain so the exact numbers and locations of the higher totals and where the heaviest snow bands set up could possibly change.

The Weather First team will continue to follow and fine tune future forecasts.

The bottom line, have your shovels ready!

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