The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

February 11, 2014

Warmup? Here? It's coming

OSKALOOSA — Warmer temperatures? In Iowa? In our lifetimes?

It almost sounds too good to be true.

But as February rolls on, there’s a real warmup on the way. And, for the first time this month, we’re going to get above freezing.

Zach Sharpe, meteorologist with the Iowa Storm Chasing Network, said this is a welcome break in the extraordinarily cold pattern we’ve seen for the past month or so.

“We will start to warm up start this week as highs will be above freezing this weekend. There is a chance for a rain/snow mix on Saturday as temperatures will be warm enough for rain,” he said.

Next week could even tempt people out of their winter coats, at least for a few days. Sharpe said high temperatures in the 40s are expected, with the potential for some days above 50.

Winter doesn’t end for a while yet, and that has Sharpe tempering his comments.

“Don't be fooled by this as we are still in winter and snow will work its way back into the forecast in time,” he said. “Enjoy it while it lasts.”

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