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CNHI/Southeast Iowa

March 18, 2013

Snow a surprise for southeast Iowa

OTTUMWA — Mother Nature had a reminder for Iowa on Monday: There are still two days to go before spring.

A late season storm hit most of the state with at least a dusting of snow, though it didn't stick around long in most locations. But some areas saw considerable snowfall, with multiple locations coming in at three inches.

This isn't the first time that's happened this late in the season. Nor, in all likelihood, will it be the last. Records from the National Weather Service show a major storm hit on this date in 2005, with Otranto in Mitchell County receiving a whopping 19 inches of snow.

And the first day of spring this year won't feel particularly spring-like. The forecast high in southeast Iowa for Wednesday is only 29 degrees, well off the average of 51 for the date.

There's both good news and bad news for the week ahead. The good news: Things will warm back up into the 40s by the weekend.

The bad news: That's still 10 degrees below normal.

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