From the National Weather Service:
“…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING…
TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY…SNOW WILL BEGIN TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL TUESDAY NIGHT. SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS POSSIBLE LATER TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY AS WINDS INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH.
CURRENT INFORMATION SUGGESTS THAT THE AXIS OF THE HEAVIEST SNOW SHOULD BE ROUGHLY ALONG AN OSKALOOSA IOWA TO JUST NORTH OF STERLING ILLINOIS LINE. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE STILL IN QUESTION. HOWEVER…THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET …AND/OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT WOULD SERIOUSLY IMPACT TRAVEL. MONITOR LATER FORECASTS FOR UPDATES.”
The weather service in the Quad-Cities says Cedar Rapids just finished its eighth snowiest July through January period (essentially, Nov., Dec. and Jan.) all-time, with 32.9 inches through last Thursday. That doesn’t count the frozen white gift we received over the weekend.
No. 1 on that list is 1936, when Cedar Rapids received 53.2 inches during the period. We haven’t seen snow like this since 1979, when CR got 43.7 inches through January.
But we’ve got a long way to go before we touch the snowiest overall winter list. In 1943, Cedar Rapids was belted with 84.3 inches and was buried under 71.7 inches in 1936. We need another 20 inches to even crack the top 10.
As depressing as the weather has been, imaging having to endure this lovely weather during an economic depression or a world war. Makes you feel pretty lucky, huh?
Yeah, OK, I’ll just shut up and shovel.
Check out the charts here.