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it's christmas eve - december 24th. after a crazy day of weather, it's calmer out there this morning. here's a live look at our citycam. and this is what you need to know today. storm assessors will be out in linn county today looking damage. the unusual december storm packed wind and rain. it knocked down power lines and destroyed a camper. the army corps of engineers is worried about the high levels on iowa's lakes. if the water freezes this way, it could create a shelf effect. and that would make it easier for someone to fall through the ice. a linn county doctor is worried about an increase in the number of people with toxic shock syndrome. the disease is very rare and he says other doctors could be misdiagnosing it. if you bought beef sticks with cheese at the edgewood locker, you may want to check the package. the locker is recalling 200 pounds of this product because of listeria. christians are celebrating the christmas holiday today in bethlehem - the birthplace of jesus. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source,
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good thursday morning, its 6 meteorologist kaj o'mara joins forecast. a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! people in cedar rapids and
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the damage today after an unusual december storm. the thunderstorm knocked down trees and power lines last evening. kcrg-tv9's chris earl talked to some people who say they feel fortunate that the storm wasn't any worse. on wednesday night, christmas with the keegans brought an unexpected wind storm -- in late december. " 50:50 it was black and we didn't realize that facing east. things started to fly and i said we gotta go to the basement. i could hear glass as we were going down. within 30 seconds, you can tell it had stopped. " vicki keegan and her family have
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decades -- but, on december 23, a different type of gathering out back. kevin humpfer kept his 2016 jayco j-flight - a luxury camper - on the property. yet after this swift storm... here's the frame. it was 400 feet back that way? correct. his brand-new camper is now in about 7 different piles. humpfer told us his wife got a call about what happened. "54:03 my wife didn't believe him at first and thought they were pulling my leg. " in the hour after the storm, fire crews and utility workers filled milborn with the power lines -- and here on tower terrace -- for trees and branches that cluttered the roadway. "48:04 possible twister and straight line winds. lots of trees and power lines down. " yet vicki keegan also offered some wise perspective amid what was left dangling in the dark. in her home, no one was hurt... as christmas 2015 will always have this memory attached. "51:33 if you can keep it out of the house that's fine and we're
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this unusual december weather is creating another problem in eastern iowa: high lake levels. the coralville lake is 15 feet above its normal winter level and slowly rising. the army corps of engineers is worried about it freezing at this high level. if it does, it would create a shelf effect with a layer of ice, then air, then water. and that would make it easier for the ice to break if anyone walked across. so, the corps is opening the flood gates to try to lower the water. "down stream our constraints during the spring time is the growing season when we got things growing in the farm fields down below and it allows us to discharge up to 10,000 cfs, and we're going to continue to run that and hopefully it will quit raining soon. " having the gate so wide open is having an effect down the iowa river. much of lower city park is under water. and bike trails in both iowa city and coralville are closed.
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sure doctors know what toxic shock syndrome looks like when they see it. he says the life- treatening condition is often mis-diagnosed. the mayo clinic says common symptoms include... a sudden high fever... low blood pressure... vomiting or diarrhea... a sunburn-like rash on palms and soles... and others like headaches and seizures. kcrg-tv9's forrest saunders joins us live from the cedar rapids newsroom. forrest, toxic shock syndrome is rare. is that why providers sometimes see the symptoms and think it's something else? the symptoms are a lot like the flu. that's one of the reasons professor patrick schlievert says people think menstrual he estimates as many as 10,000 women get the illness each year. he says menstrual tss is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that a percentage of women have in their bodies. when those women have their period, the bacteria grows. schlievert says the bacteria will create a poison if it's
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absorbent tampons. the more absorbent, the more oxygen, the more poison. if left untreated, tss can be deadly. " what's happening, fluid is leaving the blood vessels. you don't pump blood, when you don't have blood in the blood vessels. then you start having organ shutdown. that is what leads to death." schlievert says that manufacturer s are making less absorbent products these days. tss severity has decreased over the years. but, prevalence is still a problem. he wants more awareness to be brought to the illness. a recent case in cedar rapids was misdiagnosed as the flu. the patient suffered with the disease for a few days before returning to the hospital and getting the right medication. her story is coming up in our next half hour. thanks forrest. a meat processing plant in edgewood is recalling a beef product because of possible listeria contamination. edgewood locker has recalled more than 200 pounds of beef sticks with cheese. the plant packaged the product earlier this month - and customers may have
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at the plant or greenwood grocery in farley. if you have the beef sticks, the company says you should either return them or throw them out. a boston chipotle restaurant where 136 people got sick with the norovirus is reopening today. the city's mayor says the restaurant passed inspection yesterday. the restaurant has been closed since december seventh after boston college students and other customers got sick. the illnesses are not linked to a rash of e-coli cases that shut down dozens of restaurants in oregon and washington earlier this year. the american civil liberties union is worried a new online voter registration system coming to iowa might leave some people out. the online system will debut next year. some a-c-l-u members met with the voters rights commission yesterday to voice concerns with the new system. it will require people to have an iowa department of transportatio n i-d to register online to vote. but the a-c-l-u says about 150
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don't have those i-ds. the group says people should be able to register by providing different identification. people who don't have d- o-t-issued i-ds can always request voter registration forms in the mail. a young man here in iowa who's dying chose to watch the new star wars movie as his last film. 28-year-old shawn norman of ankeny has noonan syndrome. it's a condition that affects many areas of the body, leading to bleeding and heart defects. his mother couldn't single handedly grant him his first wish, which was electing his choice for president. but she and two paramedics helped him with another. last weekend, before sunrise, an ambulance took shawn to a theater reserved for a showing of star wars, the force awakens. " that's kinda been a goal of his, every time he starts feeling down, or whatever we point at the board and say hey, we gotta get out, we got a couple more days, we're getting close. " " we're making memories, and not everybody gets to do that. " as the credits rolled, shawn
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a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on
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afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday.
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a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and
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thanks kaj. reena ninan and kendis gibson have this morning's tech bytes. hey there.
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a dangerous storm system that moved across parts the u-s wednesday killed at least six people. law enforcement is still searching for some who are missing. the strong winds knocked down trees and power lines and blew some homes off their foundations in mississippi. abc's kenneth morton shows us the damage. caught on camera overnight... nat "oh! i think that's a tornado a-blowin' up!" a strong line of powerful
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from the midwest to the south last night. indiana, iowa, mississippi and tennesee survived nearly two dozen confirmed twisters that left 7 people dead and 40 more injured. natsot - "i can't stick around here - gotta go find some cover." in holly springs, northern mississippi, a 7 year old boy was among the dead. this region was under the biggest threat...about 4 million people took cover as a massive funnel cloud tore across the area. drivers were caught on the roads trying to figure out how to escape. sot - "back it up! no! you ain't got time to turn around!" natsot - woman - "there's a tornado in front of us." man - "settle down." nat chainsaw in tennessee, the work to clear vital roads began overnight after those strong winds threw vehicles around, ripped down power lines and destroyed homes. tornado damage here...but out west, more severe weather. the roads were a snowy mess in utah impacting traffic. 80 mile per hour wind gust in mojave california tore the roof off this building and toppled tractor trailers on this major freeway.
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big rigs were banned from that california highway until the winds died down. in the midwest and south, there are states of emergency as residents try to pick up the pieces on this christmas eve. kenneth moton, abc news washington. no justice, no peace protestors forced the mall of america and the minneapolis- st. paul international airport to shutdown for a little while on wednesday. the "black lives matter" protestors were hoping to draw attention to last month's shooting of jamar clark in north minneapolis. a police officer shot the 24-year-old who they say was interfering while paramedics were trying to help an assault victim. police have denied claims that he was in handcuffs when the officer shot at him. one activist says she feels the protestors got their point across. " i think it was successful we were able to shut down terminal 1, we shut down the mall on the inside and outside." " police arrested four people
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the incident. the protestors only stayed in the mall briefly before walking out and taking a nearby light- rail train to the airport. the mall closed for about an hour. the airport was back open by last evening. some washington high school students are putting their creativity to the test. they're creating gingerbread houses for class competition. kaj will have your christmas eve forecast, coming up.
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first alert forecast. a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! christians across the world
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attending a christmas service either tonight or tomorrow. this is a live look at christmas celebrations in bethlehem, the place jesus was born. the city cancelled many of its traditional festivities this year to honor victims of violence in the region. some students at washington high school in washington had some fun with gingerbread houses. students in the school's gourmet cooking class made everything from an auto body shop to the prison from the tv show, "the walking dead." and all of the building materials were edible. some made trees out of ice cream cones and others used oreo cookies to make tables. then, the teachers picked their favorites. "it's a fun project they get to be creative they get to pick their groups, so it's a project they can really take control of, be creative but still have to
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so the kids enjoy it." " winners will be announced after the holiday break. wednesday's storms created quite a mess for some people living in linn county. and storm teams will be out today to survey the damage. that's next here on tv9. santa will soon be on his way -
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. it's 6-30 on christmas eve, december 24th. here's what you need to know today. some people living in linn county are spending their christmas eve cleaning up storm damage.
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property and brought down power lines. officials have tightened security in a beijing shopping district after recent threats. in just a few hours, the hawkeyes will take off for pasadena, california. they're getting ready for the rose bowl which is just over a week away. the u-n-i panthers pick up a win over washington state in a late night game in honolulu. and now they are getting ready for the fifth place game in diamond head classic tomorrow. one linn county doctor is trying to figure out what is causing an increase in toxic shock syndrome. he says it might be misdiagnosed because the symptoms are so close to the flu. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is kcrg-tv9 news morning
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good thursday morning to you. we're expecting some more rain today. so let's get right to meteorologist kaj o'mara. a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! homeowners north of cedar
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storm damage today after heavy winds last night. the storm did not last for very long, but this is a glimpse of some of the destruction along tower terrace. the owner of a luxury camper - a 2016 jayco jay flight - showed us the wreckage as his camper was spread out across about 500 feet. the damage in eastern iowa is minor compared to other parts of the country. power outages, wind damage and even tornadoes hit parts of the south and midwest. at least three people died in mississippi, including a boy who was in a car that was picked up and tossed. the mississippi highway patrol worked into the night, clearing streets and helping anyone trapped. " we're trying to clear each street, each county road, each highway. we're going door to door to make sure that we can eliminate all the possibilities that there's someone who needs help."" two deaths were reported in tennesse. and in arkansas, a tree blew into a house, killing a woman inside. the u-s, british, french and other embassies are warning westerners traveling to
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this morning. chinese officials have tightened security around a beijing shopping district popular with tourists. beijing police issued a "yellow" security alert this morning because of the threats. police commonly issue "yellow" alerts during holidays. a health care coverage company is planning to fight in court to be part of the newly privatized medicaid program in iowa. the department of human services tossed out wellcare's contract to help oversee the program. this week, wellcare of iowa filed a lawsuit against d-h-s. the state says it terminated the contract because the company didn't disclose some information during the bidding process. toxic shock syndrome is more common than you might think. that's according to one professor at the university of iowa, who's been studying tss for decades. you probably remember learning about it in high school health class. the mayo clinic says common symptoms include... a sudden high fever... low blood pressure...
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a sunburn-like rash on palms and soles... and others like headaches and seizures. menstrual toxic shock syndrome is an illness that can be set off by feminine hygiene products. tv-9's forrest saunders is here now. forrest, how common does this professor think tss is? that's tough to say. a quick google search will show a lot of different sites with different numbers. 255 cases in 2014, according to one. others, say 1 per 100,000 women. this ui professor thinks it's quite a few more than that. two weeks ago cedar rapids teen kailee becker came down with something that made her miserably sick. she likely had toxic shock syndrome. but at first, she thought it was just the flu. the symptoms were similar. "shaky and cold. dry heaving nonstop. my mom took to the hospital."there, doctors thought flu too. they gave her some meds and sent her home. kailee, got better at
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chills came back. her fever rose to around 103. she was weak, could barely move. her mom took her back to the hospital where a doctor discovered kailee had a rash. he forgot the flu and started looking at tss. "people should go in and say, look i've got a 103 degree fever. that's a bacterial infection." professor patrick schlievert, chair of microbiology at iowa, says misdiagnoses of menstrual tss happens all the time. his research suggests 10,000 women get it each year. if left untreated, it can shut down a persons vital organs, even kill them. "this disease is extremely severe. it's important that you recognize it." schlievert says menstrual tss is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that a percentage of women have in their bodies. when those women have their period, the bacteria grows. schlievert says the bacteria will create a poison if it's given oxygen. and that oxygen can come from absorbent tampons. the more absorbent, the more oxygen, the more poison. "if you think about how big a grain of salt is, the amount to cause toxic shock syndrome is a tenth of a grain of salt." schlievert says that manufacturers are making less absorbent products these days. tss severity has decreased over the years. but, prevalence is still a problem. he wants more awareness to be brought to the illness. kailee, who's still recovering, does too. "i spent seven days in the hospital, dry heaving, not feeling good. i don't want any other person to ever go
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through." kailee is doing much better. her hands and feet are peeling, which is a common side effect. she's also go some memory loss from when she was sick. doctors expect she'll make a full recovery thanks, forrest. puppies that almost didn't make it have new homes today. the dubuque regional humane society took in an injured dog named avery in october. avery had a lot of serious injuries after someone attacked her. she was also pregnant, and then gave birth to her litter of puppies. the humane society put all ten of those puppies up for adoption yesterday. and people who wanted to take them home lined up outside before the doors even opened.
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social media, and that's why some people showed up hours in advance to get their picks of the litter. "i came to look a couple days ago to see if there were any puppies, and i saw the poster so i decided to come back today. " "we got here around 5:00 this morning with the next person coming about a half hour later. " some who were in line said the puppies were christmas gifts for their families. a non-profit in dubuque is connecting volunteers to the projects that need them most. resources unite is helping more than 300 area non-profit organizations meet their volunteer needs. the r-u volunteer center will connect individuals and businesses to volunteer opportunities with those organizations. the group's president says people want to get involved and make a difference, but don't always know where to start. that's where the volunteer center comes in. "were always doing different projects as well that are not specific to the non profit
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people together to network and to then do good in the community." the r-u volunteer center is at 19-hundred j- f-k road in dubuque. it has both short and long term opportunities in the region, throughout the u-s, and even overseas. today, children undergoing treatement at the university of iowa children's hospital will wake up to presents and cheer in their rooms. hospital employees decked the halls and brought carts full of presents to kids throughout the hospital yesterday. the father of a young patient with an extended stay at the hospital said all of the elves and hospital employees have been a big help during the holiday season. " he's had a lot of fun the last few weeks here with feeling better and trying to bet better and people being so supportive. " even santa claus made an early trip down from the north pole to visit. ninety percent of people waited until the last minute to shop this year. and stores are responding to this delayed shopping by staying open just a
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up next... this morning's weather wise question. meteorologist kaj o'mara is up right after the break. it's ---. "hello, i'm staff sergeant elizabeth hansen from yakota here to say seasons greetings to all my family in new alburn, wisconsin, my sister sara, her husband ryan and little mj and merry christmas. i love you. i miss you. i'll be home soon." first alert storm team
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will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree
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weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s.
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across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! thanks kaj. we're just over one week away
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and the hawkeyes are making their way to pasadena today to get ready for the big game. today's the last day for many red kettle campaigns across eastern iowa. we'll show you how they are
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today. the team is scheduled to depart the eastern iowa airport around noon. they'll be practicing all week leading up to the rose bowl on new year's day. the hawkeyes play stanford. we'll have coverage of the team's departure this afternoon on the kcrg-tv9 news
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cedar rapids and marion police are warning hawkeye fans to be careful about buying rose bowl tickets through craigslist. they've received several reports of counterfeit tickets that people bought through the craigslist website. police say the sales involved the seller meeting the buyers at a cedar rapids movie theater, and the tickets turn out to be fake. police are advising fans to only buy tickets from trusted businesses or individuals. the online prices for the rose bowl have significantly decreased on the secondary market in recent weeks. the cheapest ticket on stubhub was more than 500 dollars in the days right after the hawkeyes were selected for the game. now, fans can buy upper end zone tickets starting at less than 150 dollars. if you're not going to the game, you can see the rose bowl on e-s-p-n on new year's day. the hawkeyes play the stanford cardinal at four p-m, iowa time. don't miss a special hour- long edition of t-v nine's "countdown to kick-off" on new year's day. the t-v nine sports team will preview the rose bowl starting at 9 a-m right before
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of roses parade. you can see that here on kcrg t-v nine. the uni panthers pulled off a win over washington state in the consolation semifinals of the diamond head classic. the final score of the game which was played in honolulu, hawaii was 63 to 59. the panther's paul jesperson had a game-high 18 points in the second half to help lift northern iowa to the win. u-n-i will now take on b-y-u in the fifth place game at 2:30, iowa time, tomorrow. you can watch that on espn-u. two iowa soldiers were recognized as heros for their extraordinary acts of bravery in battle. former specialist brian swedberg led a six-man team through an ambush, eventually forcing the enemy to retreat. in a separate incident, former sergeant justin schmitt led fellow soldiers through heavy gunfire, also forcing the enemy to retreat three times. those stories earned both men the army commendation medal of valor. army officials awarded the
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family and friends at a ceremony in waterloo. members of the patriot guard were also there, holding flags to show support. schmitt says the award represents actions that are just part of wearing the uniform. 06:15:31 "honestly, i still get questions today about why i enlisted, but to this day i'm not sure why i enlisted, i think i just wanted to serve my country the most." army officials say this medal is only awarded for valorous actions during combat. even on christmas eve, some salvation army bell ringers will be out asking last minute shoppers to help them meet their red kettle campaign goal. you'll be able to hear those bells until four this afternoon at most stores across eastern iowa. right now, the linn county salvation army is about 70 percent to its goal of 790-thousand dollars. the waterloo- cedar falls salvation army has raised 476- thousand dollars. that's about 65 percent of its goal. at last check, johnson county still had not reached its
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thousand dollars. stores have extended their hours for those that waited until today to finish their shopping. walmart will be open until eight this evening. and target won't close its doors until 11 tonight. kohls has stayed open for 170 hours straight. it will close this evening at six. and toys r us will close its doors at nine tonight. according to coupon site "retail me not," more than nine out of 10 americans waited until the last minute to shop this year. now, here's a look at what's coming up next on g-m-a. " " hey! this holiday, u.s. cellular's giving you 15 gigs of data for just $70! but i wanted a pony.
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a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! we certainly hope your is
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