Cold temps settle over southeast Iowa

Cold temperatures settled in around southeast Iowa late Wednesday night and carried into Thursday, causing most schools in the area to be canceled.

The high for the day was estimated by the National Weather Service (NWS) to be four degrees with patches of blowing and blustery snowfall. Wind chill values were estimated to drop as low as -25 with winds coming form the northwest at 15-20 miles per hour.

A winter weather advisory was established Thursday morning until 12 p.m. and a separate wind chill advisory from 12 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday. On Friday, temperatures are expected to increase to a high near 17 but wind chill values remaining low at -20. Saturday is expected to warm up to a high near 39 and Sunday to a high near 41, according to the NWS.

As of 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, the NWS was reporting snow falls of three inches in Fairfield and 1.8 inches in Beckwith. Mt. Pleasant was recorded at 1.4 inches, New London one inch and Salem three inches. In Washington, three inches of snow were recorded with two inches reported in Haskins and 1.7 inches in Richmond.