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Winter is coming. Are you ready?

Ice shacks on Smith's Bay in January of 2021.

We may not want to think about it, but winter will be here before we know it. In fact, NOAA’s 2022-2023 Winter Outlook was just released today (read more about that below). Now is the time to start preparing for the season ahead. Utilize the more favorable weather over the coming days to complete any necessary preparations before the snow starts to fly. Below are a few things to consider.

  • Inspect seals and insulation on any doors and windows
  • Complete any outdoor building maintenance items
  • Clean up gardens and vegetation beds and remove leaves from gutters
  • Winterize lawn sprinklers
  • Check furnace and fireplaces and replace filters as necessary

NOAA releases their Winter 2022-23 outlook

Winter 2022-23 Temperature Outlook
Winter 2022-23 Precipitation Outlook

In short, NOAA expects northwest Iowa to see a slight chance of below-normal temperatures this winter, and no real indication one way or the other for precipitation. Below is a video highlight for this outlook.

To read the entire outlook, click here.