Snow makes a HUGE difference

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- It’s been a cold 24 hours across eastern Iowa and while a chilly weekend awaits us, it could always be colder. Snow cover can really be the x factor between chilly and bone-chilling temperatures.

The graphic shows the difference in high temperatures (on average) when snow is on the ground vs no snow. As you might expect, early season and late season snow has the most profound impacts on temperatures as November and March are transition months. The graph image credit goes to the Iowa Environmental Mesonet based out of Iowa State University.

At least we don’t have a snowpack! That’s your “glass half full” moment of the day.

Enjoy your weekend!