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Old 01-26-2008, 08:17 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I am relocating to Iowa and I have been watching all the snow storms that are passing by ( sorry guys wow are they brutal). I wanted to know on average when does your winters start to break? I wanted to move on April 1st and didn't want to move to a new area and have to contend with snow halfway up my car, lol. Thanks guys I appreciate your answers.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Dubuque Metro, Iowa
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The snow is supposed to be melting off some this weekend across the state...

Right now we have about eight inches on the ground here west of Dubuque...

Areas that I would consider moving to are:

Dubuque: With an impressive job market and constantly making the list for the 100 best communities for children, and an all-american city in 2007, the 23rd fastest growing job market in the country in 2006, and overall beauty and landscape that are the opposite of what is associated with Iowa, this community shines.

Iowa City: A bit more exciting than Dubuque, and maybe the most exciting city in the state, this major college town has a variety of amenities. The downtown "mall" has several shops and bars and often people in the courtyards playing live music in the summer, the city is lively. With the University of Iowa in the city, the young vibe cannot be ignored or missed, only move to IC if you like the party scene.

Des Moines: The Insurance Capital of the Midwest. The largest city in the state, the city may have the most to offer. A not so impressive college in the city is Drake, I'd rank it about 4th in state behind Iowa State, UnivIowa, UNI, and then Drake... The skyline is impressive, the city is low crime, but moderate traffic. The cost of housing is remarkably low, even downtown, for a city it's size in the Midwest, getting about 1500 square feet for 300K, downtown.

Populations, I forgot.

Dubuque: Approaching 60,000; Dubuque County/Metro: approaching 100,000.
Iowa City: Approaching 70,000; Cedar Rapids/Iowa City CSA: approaching 350,000, (Johnson County is about 110,000)
Des Moines: Just under 200,000; Metro area of about 700,000, Polk County about 400,000.
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:24 AM
 
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Default Answer to question.

Original poster asked best time to move to Iowa not a sales pitch on where to move. I suspect person already has a location in mind.

An answer to the question is I would wait until at least the middle of April, we still get some snow in April and it can still be chilly moving furniture and things.

Also I see you are moving from West Virginia so cross country traveling weather in early April can be dicey. Best to wait a bit further into spring.

Regards,
Jasper

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Old 01-26-2008, 02:12 PM
 
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April 1 is perfect. It really starts to feel like spring in April.
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Old 01-26-2008, 04:49 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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April 1 is perfect. It really starts to feel like spring in April.
Thanks I was thinking April 1st but I wasn't sure. Like I said I don't know the area and didn't want to move to a strange state during a snow storm.

Thanks everyone for your answers I really appreciate them.
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: in the general vicinity of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Our "average date of last killing frost" is supposedly April 30 in Cedar Rapids; if there's any snow April 1, it will be short-lived, generally. I think you might have more problems coming over the mountains out your way. I have a hard time imagining being chilly and moving furniture at the same time, anyway ;-) I'd rather have it be cool enough that everything doesn't get all sweaty! Good luck with the move, and welcome to Iowa!
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Dubuque Metro, Iowa
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I'd say mid-April. We had a snowstorm last year in early April... and was brutal cold through Easter. May is beautiful in Iowa.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Dubuque Metro, Iowa
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And sorry about my first message, I got carried away. My answer led to an off-topic subject. And JASPER HOBBS, stop attacking me, every time I compliment Dubuque, you are ALL OVER IT. I can have my own opinion and you can have yours, the majority of people do have positive feelings toward the Dubuque area though.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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The nice weather starts to descend upon IA in mid to late March, April will be nice weather and you will have no bad weather worries besides maybe some rain to deal with. Oh and maybe some tornados if you're really lucky. <-- doubtful but it HAS happened. Welcome to Iowa!!
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:55 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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And sorry about my first message, I got carried away. My answer led to an off-topic subject. And JASPER HOBBS, stop attacking me, every time I compliment Dubuque, you are ALL OVER IT. I can have my own opinion and you can have yours, the majority of people do have positive feelings toward the Dubuque area though.
Well I appreciate your answer even if it was a little off topic. I don't think there is anything wrong with Dubuque in fact I looked at the school there. I appreciate all of your input!
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