Des Moines, Iowa – Two-thirds of Iowa counties are considered to be abnormally dry or in some stage of drought, with far northwest Iowa the driest of all. State Climatologist Justin Glisan says that makes this month’s snowfall particularly welcome.
The lack of adequate subsoil moisture is a remarkable turn-around after recording flooding just a couple of years ago in several areas.
Having snow drifts stick around for a while would be a good thing, according to Glisan, because it may help replenish moisture levels.
The National Weather Service forecasts indicate more than half a foot of snow may fall in some areas of the state Tuesday.