Iowa businesses know that sometimes bad weather means bad business, especially during unpleasant winters. Without proper preparation, companies may have reduced foot traffic and revenue during cold months. Not only that but there’s a greater risk of injury in parking lots and on pathways that haven’t been properly cleared of snow and ice.
This is where having a snow maintenance strategy can make a huge difference, and part of that is knowing what to expect from winter in Iowa. At Earth Development, we rely on the annual Farmers’ Almanac, which provides historically accurate forecasts, to adequately prepare our clients’ properties all year round.
What Was the Winter 2020-2021 Forecast for Iowa?
A snowy and fluffy winter was predicted for Iowa, with extreme drops in temperature all over the Midwest in early December and February. There were major concerns for disruptive snow and icing in major cities, as the forecasts told of blizzards and Arctic wind gusts.
Overall, the Farmer’s Almanac's predictions were true. Indeed, Christmas week was cold and snowy, and a great snowstorm occurred in February, making it among the 10 coldest February months that have ever been in Iowa. Abnormally low temperatures were, as predicted, lasting for a couple of weeks, abruptly returning to the average winter’s metrics.
Let’s take a look at this year’s winter forecast in Iowa and see what we should prepare for.
Iowa Snow Predictions 2021-2022 from The Farmers’ Almanac
The Farmers’ Almanac weather prediction for winter in Iowa indicates that winter is going to be icy. However, temperatures will be “above normal.” On average, the coldest periods are predicted from mid-December into early January and in late February.
According to the NOAA, due to La Niña, Iowa has a higher probability of experiencing warmer than normal temperatures and may even stay drier or wetter than usual. Typically, the La Niña phenomenon cools Pacific Ocean temperatures, which leads to wetter conditions in the northern US.
Last winter, Iowa experienced a statewide average snowfall of 32.2 inches, 9.4 inches above normal. This year, the Farmers’ Almanac’s extended forecast expects January to begin with milder weather and then hit with cold and stormy weather later in the month.
The middle of February will arrive with a massive blizzard, but overall snowfall will remain inconsistent and flaky. Increased precipitation will produce more ice and sleet due to fluctuating weather patterns.
These ups and downs present an opportunity for thick ice formation and slipping hazards. Businesses would be wise to start preparations as soon as possible, as temperatures are expected to drop at the end of Jan.
How to Prepare for The Winter Season 2021-2022 in Iowa?
With the winter forecast in Iowa bringing temperamental weather and increased ice, businesses should act now and implement their snow removal and ice management plans. There are three things you can do to prepare for winter snow in Iowa. First and foremost, predictions of increased precipitation indicate a necessary stock up on salt and deicing agents.
Always store these in cool places to avoid the absorption of moisture. Salt shortages aren’t uncommon, so it’s best to buy in the summer months when there’s still stock. When using salt, be sure to carefully follow instructions to not harm plants, pets, and children.
The second thing to see is tripping hazards that, if covered with snow, will pose a danger to pedestrians. Other obstacles like potholes and cracks may be more serious and create long-term risks (when water and snow turn to ice, they expand these fissures).
Thirdly, it’s always a good idea to employ local snow removal experts. At Earth Development, we have teams throughout Iowa, including Des Moines, Mason City, and Iowa Falls. Many Iowa businesses and families count on us for pre-treatment and ice management to help avoid ice formation on driveways and parking lots.
We’re fully insured, and our experienced team only uses the best equipment to get rid of unwanted snow. Our company also provides outdoor maintenance plans and emergency snow removal services. We are taking requests for snow removal for the next 2021-2022 season!
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For more information and a free consultation, contact the team today! We’ll provide a free assessment of your property and draw up a snow removal and ice management plan to get you through the winter forecast in Iowa.