By Eleanor Hildebrandt | December 14, 2021
Iowa is preparing for severe weather this week—and not the kind typical of this time of year.
As the second full week of December 2021 begins, Iowans could see record highs for the month on Wednesday. The temperature is expected to reach 70 degrees based on the National Weather Service’s predictions. The typical high is 36 degrees. But that isn’t the only extreme weather Midwesterners can expect this week. Strong and dangerous winds are predicted to reach 40 mph on Wednesday alongside the heat.
The winds follow a tornado that killed dozens across Kentucky last Friday. Tornadoes were seen across five other states as well. Iowans are not expected to see tornadoes this week according to Iowa Capital Dispatch. The state could see downed powerlines and trees across the state due to the winds. The Weather Service also warned taller vehicles be wary of traveling. The service has a hazardous weather conditions warning in effect until the afternoon of Dec. 15. The weather will impact plants and crops that are still growing since most of Iowa hasn’t seen its first freeze.
Temperatures are expected to fall on Thursday, however, and come closer to the weather Iowans typically see this time of year. Iowa City has yet to see snow since February. The Weather Service does not have projections for flurries or flakes within the next week.