Cold air returns with a chance of snow to start the weekend

Snow is becoming likely Friday night and Saturday.

Winter is alive and well with much more seasonal temperatures expected the rest of the week. A storm system will bring snow chances back to the area to start the weekend.

Thursday and Friday will continue to be quiet, but chilly days. Skies become mostly sunny after some morning clouds on Thursday with highs in the 20s. Clouds return on Friday ahead of our next weather system. High temperatures will generally be in the 20s to low 30s.

The aforementioned system will arrive late Friday night into Saturday. The center of the storm will pass to our south, however the northern edge of the precipitation will sneak into eastern Iowa. Temperatures will be cold enough for snow.

It's early in the game for forecasts, but models are giving us clues that the southern part of the region is most vulnerable. Below is an early guess on snow amounts. This will likely change a bit as new data continues to come in.

Accumulations look to be likely mainly along and south of Highway 20 with the higher amounts near and south of I-80. The exact amounts are still a bit uncertain as the track of the system will be key in where those amounts line up.

There will also be a fetch of dry air from the east which may limit the northward progression of the snow. So a few elements still need to be worked out. We'll continue to fine tune this forecast in the coming days.

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