A rainy Christmas Eve in central Iowa

Scattered showers will move northeast toward central Iowa, and will begin in the southwest early morning and continue to advance northeast through the afternoon and afternoon. Winds will be out of the southeast at 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Rain will continue overnight into Monday afternoon as the primary area of ​​low pressure accompanying this system moves north across the state and begins to back west. Monday's highs will occur before temperatures drop into the 30s by evening as cold air moves around the back of a low pressure area. Dry air will allow for periods of rain in parts of the state late Monday through Tuesday, but continued dry spells aren't expected until Wednesday. Wintry Precipitation Possible: As of now, a high probability of wintry precipitation (freezing rain/snow) continues to line the western parts of the state starting Monday morning. Areas along HWY 71 and west can experience a brief period of freezing rain Monday morning through Monday afternoon. As the atmosphere rapidly cools and transitions to light snow, this snow potential must dissipate rapidly. In east central Iowa, only a few inches of snow is possible and that's really pushing it considering daytime temperatures will be above freezing. Rainfall amounts: A widespread 0.5 to 2.5″ of rain is possible, with some of the state's best-precipitation areas of the month heaviest along the I-35 corridor and western Iowa. Lighter amounts are expected east of I-35, but all of central Iowa will end up with a healthy soaking rain. Interactive Radar |Weather AlertsIowa Weather Forecast: Christmas Eve Night: Heavy Showers. Low 50F. Winds ESE 10 to 20 mph. Christmas: Steady Moderate Showers through Afternoon. Rainfall Totals 1-2″. Morning high of 52F, dropping throughout the day. Winds blowing SW at 10 to 15 mph. Winds up to 20 mph. Christmas Night: Cloudy Night. A wintry mix is ​​possible, especially in western Iowa. A low of 31F. Winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday: Rain and snow showers at times, otherwise cloudy. High near 37F. Winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night: Cloudy with a few showers. A few snowdrops may mix with the rain. Low near 30F. Winds 5 to 10 mph.

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Scattered showers will move northeast toward central Iowa, and will begin in the southwest early morning and continue to advance northeast through the afternoon and afternoon. Winds will be out of the southeast at 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Rain will continue overnight into Monday afternoon as the primary area of ​​low pressure accompanying this system moves north across the state and begins to back west. Monday's highs will occur before temperatures drop into the 30s by evening as cold air moves around the back of a low pressure area. Dry air will cover parts of the state briefly in a system that will allow a break in rain from late Monday into Tuesday, but continued dry spells aren't expected until Wednesday.

Chance of winter precipitation:

As of now, high probability of wintry precipitation (freezing rain/snow) continues over western parts of the state from Monday morning. Areas along HWY 71 and west can experience a brief period of freezing rain Monday morning through Monday afternoon. As the atmosphere rapidly cools and transitions to light snow, this snow potential must dissipate rapidly. As far east as central Iowa, only a few tenths of an inch of snow is possible and that's really pushing it, assuming daytime temperatures stay above freezing.

Rainfall:

Widespread rainfall of 0.5 to 2.5″ is possible, making it the state's best in months. The heaviest rain is possible along the I-35 corridor and in western Iowa. Lighter amounts are expected east of I-35, but will end up with healthy soaking showers across central Iowa.

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Interactive Radar | Weather warnings

Iowa Weather Forecast:

Christmas Eve Night: And it will rain. Low 50F. ESE winds 10 to 20 mph.

Christmas: Moderate rain till afternoon. Precipitation totals 1-2″. Morning high of 52F, dropping throughout the day. Wind becoming SW 10 to 15 mph. Wind gusts as high as 20 mph.

Christmas Eve: Cloudy night. A wintry mix is ​​possible, especially in western Iowa. A low of 31F. Wind SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday: Rain and snow showers at times, otherwise cloudy. High near 37F. Winds will be 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night: Cloudy with some rain. A few snowdrops may mix with the rain. Low near 30F. Winds 5 to 10 mph.

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