The mild temperatures we've had recently gave me hope that we had already said goodbye to winter. But, being a midwesterner we know better than to pack away our winter gear just yet.

Cut to the school closings dinging our phones the other night.

Just as I suspected.  Winter's not over...but how long is this going to last?

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Winter in Iowa is Fickle

Iowa winters can be both beautiful and nasty, with heavy snow and bitterly cold temperatures. I can tell by the muddy dog tracks on my kitchen floor that while the snow may be on its way out, many of us could still feel the effects of a long, cold winter.

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Spring 2023 Weather Predictions

Iowa is located near a corridor in the Midwest that could see even cooler weather and heavier storms, so it's best to be prepared for the worst.

KWQC Meteorologist, Kevin Phelps, says
Overall, the long-term forecast for February looks milder than normal which would mean less snow. March and April look to be active so temps will help dictate what we will see precip wise.
Doesn't sound that bad, right? Hold on.
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The Farmers' Almanac

According to the Farmers' Almanac, Spring 2023 is predicted to be a cold and wet season for the Hawkeye State.

The conditions predicted for Spring 2023 in Iowa are described as "coolish" with above-normal precipitation so it's important to keep your coat, umbrella, and boots on hand.

The Farmers' Almanac, which has an impressive 80% accuracy rating since 1792, is the gold standard when it comes to weather predictions. Unfortunately, their latest article, "Soggy, Shivering Spring Ahead," does not bode well for Iowans hoping for a warm and sunny spring.

So When Will Winter Be Officially Over?

While weather predictions are not an exact science, it's always better to be safe than sorry. So, if you live in Iowa, it's probably a good idea to hold off on packing away your winter gear just yet.

Stay warm, stay dry, and keep your fingers crossed for the arrival of summer.

Essential Winter Emergency Kit Items

Winter season in the Quad Cities means cold temperatures, heavy snow, and slick roads. Hopefully, you won't ever need to tap into your winter emergency kit, but it's better to have one in your car than to be unprepared. Make sure you have these essential items in your car before winter arrives in the Quad Cities.

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