The sky Friday afternoon overlooking the Great River Bridge and Mississippi River in downtown Burlington / Photo by Landon Mitchell, KGRS-FM
Weekends are for ‘wild weather’.
A huge, early “spring” storm is bringing a variety of gray weather to the middle of the country. For example, near a town called Bassett, Nebraska, there was a thunderstorm and half-inch hail with temperatures in the 30s around noon Friday. This same area will cool through the 20s for tonight and tomorrow with 12 to 20 inches worth of snow and sleet by midday Saturday – with northwest wind gusts to 50 miles per hour throughout the snow – a blizzard in mid April.
Meanwhile, 450 miles southeastward in Burlington, it’s cloudy with a temperature around 70. Our own winds are from the south and gusting a touch over 30 miles per hour at times. Friday afternoon, evening, and night will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms.
A rogue severe thunderstorm is certainly possible with any of this weather. Winds of up to 60 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail would be the primary threats if we have any such storms. Temperatures will be in the 70s through the evening and fall into the low 50s Friday night.
Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and even a thunderstorm or two throughout the day. For most of us, there will be plenty of breaks in the rain. Blustery with a high in the middle 40s north (Mount Pleasant/Wapello) to around 48 to 50 in Burlington and the mid 50s south (Keokuk) – northeast winds at 20 to 35 miles per hour.
Cloudy with scattered rain. Colder yet with a low in the mid 30s.
Mainly cloudy with some scattered rain and/or snow periods. Beginning with Easter, this would become the third consecutive Sunday for which snow has fallen. There should be no accumulation of any snow.
Northwest winds may confine our highs to the very chilly middle to upper 30s – 25 to 30 degrees below our average highs of the middle 60s for this time of year.
Mostly cloudy and cold with a low in the middle to upper 20s.
A great catch from a listener, Ermilo Garduna Neira: