Before you know it, fall will be in the rear-view mirror, and we'll be grabbing our snow shovels and winter gloves. Winters in the Midwest are on a whole other level compared to where I grew up.

There are some years where there is very little snow, but the winter is still brutally cold. After a somewhat mild winter in the Hawkeye State, there's a chance that we might be getting a bitter 2023-2024 winter season.

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The 'Farmers' Almanac' released its annual extended winter weather forecast for 2024 recently. It seems like this might be a cold winter.

Reports claim that in the latter half of 2023, there is a strong possibility of an El Niño. This could last through the winter of 2024 thus making cold temperatures prevalent throughout much of the United States.

Unsplash - Wesley Tingey
Unsplash - Wesley Tingey

According to National Geographic, an El Niño is a "climate pattern that describes the unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean."

While the East Coast is expected to get walloped with snowstorms in the early months of 2024, Iowa is expected to see a cold, average snowfall.

Farmer's Almanac
Farmer's Almanac

So How Much Snow Will We See?

According to the 'Farmers' Almanac', the total snowfall in Iowa will be around average. So, it is expected that there won't be any major outliers this winter when it comes to snowfall.

Here is the average annual snowfall for different cities and towns in Iowa:

  • Ames ~ 32.7 inches
  • Burlington ~ 21.8 inches
  • Cedar Rapids ~ 34.3 inches
  • Clinton ~ 31.9 inches
  • Cresco ~ 40.3 inches
  • Decorah ~ 37.5 inches
  • Des Moines ~ 36.5 inches
  • Dubuque ~ 36.1 inches
  • Fort Dodge ~ 39.0 inches
  • Iowa City ~ 27.5 inches
  • Lake Park ~ 41.0 inches
  • Marshalltown ~ 25.3 inches
  • Mason City ~ 44.4 inches
  • Milford ~ 38.0 inches
  • Onawa ~ 31.0 inches
  • Ottumwa ~ 23.6 inches
  • Shenandoah ~ 26.4 inches
  • Sioux City ~ 36.0 inches
  • Spirit Lake ~ 41.5 inches
  • Waterloo ~39.1 inches

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