Snow Falling on Back Side of Storm that Brought Inches of Rain

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A dynamic weather system that brought more than three inches of rain to much of Central Iowa is now bringing snow to parts of the state.

The rain began Saturday evening and is beginning to wind down Monday morning. Des Moines has seen 3.69” of rain as of 7 AM. The highest rain fall amounts are found in southwest Iowa with 4.02″ falling in Red Oak, IA. Because of the heavy rain, there are numerous flood warnings for Central Iowa rivers including the Raccoon River, Des Moines River and Middle River. Those rivers will continue to rise through Tuesday afternoon before dropping once again.

Monday morning, enough cold air has worked into the western side of the system to cause the rain to turn to snow in communities including Guthrie Center, Audubon and Atlantic. Roads are now 100% snow covered in that part of the state. A few flakes may also fall in the Des Moines Metro.

The wrap around moisture from this storm system will pull up and through northwest and north central Iowa this morning. Many places will see all rain, with the best likelihood of snow being seen in northwest Iowa from Carroll up towards Mason City. By noon, most of the precipitation should be north of Highway 30 in the central part of the state with just a few remaining showers near the Des Moines Metro.

It will stay cloudy and windy through the late afternoon. Temperatures will stay in the 40s the next few days and drop again to the 30s by Thursday and Friday. The cold will be short lived with more mild weather building back in by next week.


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