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  • Weekend Snow Chance

    DSM Almanac: High Yesterday: 64 Precip: 0″ Average High Today: 48 Record High Today: 81 (2012) Low: -3 (1880) Sunrise: 7:28 Sunset: 7:20

    U.S. High Temperature for Thursday, March 13, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT March 14)
    87 at Death Valley, CA

    Low Temperature for Thursday, March 13, 2014
    (as received by 2 am EDT March 14)
    -23 at Doe Lake, MI

    On This Date in Iowa Weather History (courtesy of the NWS): 1870 – The term “blizzard” was first applied to a storm which produced heavy snow and high winds in Minnesota and Iowa. (David Ludlum)

    1959: A major winter storm struck Iowa on March 14-16 as a low pressure center moved from Kansas east northeastward into central Illinois. Precipitation began in southern Iowa as rain on the morning of the 14th then started to switch to a heavy wet snow by afternoon. The heaviest snowfall occurred overnight on the 14th-15th, with 4 inches or more falling in a wide swath from southwest to northeast across the state and some areas within that band receiving 8 to 10 inches. The highest reported storm total snowfall accumulations included 12.5 inches at New Hampton, 12.0 inches at Cresco, and 10.0 inches at Clarion, Fayette, and Fort Dodge. Winds gusting to as high as 60 mph caused severe blowing and drifting of the snow, with drifts up to 10 feet deep common and some as deep as 15 feet reported in northeastern Iowa. Across about the southern half of the state the heavy snow remained very wet and froze to all surfaces breaking thousands of trees and utility poles and lines. Even after the heavy snow ended on the 15th frozen surfaces and high winds continued to make travel impossible across most of the state, with Des Moines and Dubuque authorities prohibiting any travel to or from their cities. In Des Moines 5,000 basketball fans attending the girls state tournament spent the night in the Veterans Memorial Stadium building. Six deaths and one injury were attributed to the storm.

    Your KCWI-23HD Great Day 7-Day Forecast:

    Today:  Partly cloudy and breezy… 57. NW winds 10-20, gusting to 30mph.

    Tonight: Partly cloudy… 33. NW winds 5-10mph.

    Saturday: Partly cloudy and breezy… 59. SE winds 10-15.

    Saturday night: Snow… general amounts of 0.5 – 1.5″ across central Iowa.

    Sunday: Morning snow possible southeast… mostly cloudy and colder…  36.

    St. Patrick’s Day: Partly cloudy… 46.

    Tuesday and Wednesday: Rain and snow possible… highs in the upper-40′s.

    Thursday: Astronomical spring begins … partly cloudy and a high near 48.

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