OTTUMWA — If you plan to travel for Thanksgiving, you should be aware that Iowa is in line for some sloppy weather.
The National Weather Service predicts a chance of rain and snow for Thanksgiving. The odds are lower than 50 percent for Ottumwa on the holiday, but conditions will change throughout the day.
The forecast calls for a chance of rain and snow until 1 p.m., when things should change over to all rain. But the precipitation is expected to change back to snow after 5 p.m. Accumulations do not appear to be significant, given the daytime high of 38 and the Thanksgiving night low of 31, but it could put a damper on any outdoor plans.
Friday continues the pattern, with a chance of snow until about 10 a.m. before rain takes over. Friday is more likely to see precipitation, but forecasters expect it to be mostly rain.
The weekend should be warmer, but just as wet. Saturday’s high of around 52 degrees should keep things limited to rain, while the rain-snow mix returns Saturday night and Sunday. People planning to head out for Ottumwa’s snowball drop Saturday morning should probably bring an umbrella.
While the current forecast anticipates wet roads for southeast Iowa, significant snow could be possible to the north. People planning to travel for the holiday should keep a close eye on the forecast for any changes as the holiday approaches.