Near record cold in Iowa, frigid wind chills Wednesday

DES MOINES, Iowa - Blame Canada.  Cold air is pushing down into Iowa blasting the state with near record cold.  The wind will create bitter wind chills Wednesday morning, with a feels-like temperature of 7 in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.  A feels-like temperature of 1 degree in Marshalltown.

"Yeah, basically, there's a big system across Canada that's been bringing in cold air, basically since March."  National Weather Service Meterologist Rod Co  Donovan tells WHO Radio News.

We'll get close to setting new record lows tonight.

"The current record low for Des Moines is 13, which actually was set back in 1899."  Donovan said.  "So we are going to be approaching record lows, and we may even set a new record low for Mason City tonight, where the current record is 9."  

He says average high temperatures for Des Moines this time of year is in the mid to high 50s.  Donovan says we've been a good 20 to 25 degrees below normal for several days.  

It will get warm again.  Eventually. 

"There is some hope by mid to late next week, when we could see a significant warm up.  But, until then, it'll stay cold."  Donovan said.

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