OTTUMWA — Southeast Iowa may still set a few records this winter, but they won’t be happening over the next week or so.
After an unseasonably cold week, Ottumwa is looking at much more normal temperatures as it heads into the weekend. The National Weather Service expects temperatures in the mid-40s Saturday and Sunday, and Monday could approach 50.
That’s a welcome change from this week, when overnight lows fell into the low single digits and brisk winds made it feel even colder. The week also saw another round of snow, though less than with the prior storm.
There’s a small chance of snow Saturday night. Forecasters do not think it will amount to much. It’s only a 20 percent chance of a rain/snow mix in the early morning hours Sunday, changing to all snow around 4 a.m. Accumulations are not expected to be significant.
The NWS said the change is being driven by a high pressure system moving into the region, drying out the air and pulling in breezes from the south. Temperatures should be at or above normal next week.
There is one risk forecasters are warning about. As snow melts with the warmer temperatures, it could re-freeze overnight. That’s not going to be a widespread issue in southeast Iowa, where much of the week’s snow has already melted, but it could be a concern in some other parts of the state.