Iowa Could See the Worst Spring in Years
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.