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Cool and blustery now, but rain and snow likely this weekend

The next 7 days looking more like early March than the middle of April.

Blustery is an understatement today with winds gusting over 40 mph in most areas!  A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of central Iowa from 9 am to 7 pm- this is when the winds will finally tame down. Temperatures will be in the 40s the rest of today and fall back into the 30s tonight. 

Friday will be quiet with sunshine in the morning and partly sunny skies in the afternoon. Central Iowa highs will be in the low 50s. This weekend won't be pleasant. Scattered rain showers and possibly a few thunderstorms are expected on Saturday. Highs should be in the 40s north and the 50s south. Widespread rain is likely on Sunday. It is looking more and more likely that this rain will transition to snow at least in western Iowa, and perhaps central Iowa too. The heaviest snow will be NW of the Metro where several inches of accumulation on the grass is possible. Temperatures Sunday will start in the 40s but fall back into the 30s by late in the day with stronger northerly winds. 

Most of next week looks pretty ugly for this time of the year with temps about 10-20 degrees below average. Highs will likely only be in the 40s from Monday through next Thursday. A few more snow showers aren't out of the question early next week.

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