Des Moines, Iowa – We still have more than a month of winter left, but Iowa’s forecast is very springlike. Forecasters say new record high temperatures may be set today and Saturday across much of the state. Meteorologist Allan Curtis, at the National Weather Service in metro Des Moines, says normal highs in the 30s will give way to the 50s, 60s and perhaps even 70 degrees.
As yet, the official forecast does not call for any Iowa cities to hit 70 in the next few days, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
With the unseasonable warm-up, one concern is ice jams as large chunks of melting ice will clump up on waterways and cause flooding.
There could be a few records set as well. The current records are: 68 in Des Moines and Ottumwa, 66 in Waterloo, 65 in Charles City (set back in 1981) and 69 in Lamoni.