Snow has a big effect on temperatures

Iowa Environmental Mesonet
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - The snow has a significant impact on winter temperatures. While January is often the coldest month regardless, snowpack still carries some weight. Per the chart, a snowpack will tend to make us around 10 degrees colder in January. Look at the impacts in March! Snowpack can make the difference between highs in the 50s versus highs in the 30s.

Given that we are going into this weekend with very little snowpack, this initial push of Arctic air won't be quite as bad as what we experienced in the first week of January.

Monday does look cold though, provided we get a couple inches of snow Sunday and Sunday night. The ingredients may be in place for a very cold day and night. We may have Wind Chill Advisories to talk about again!