A nice springtime drive through the Upper Midwest is in our future. It will take a day and a half to get from Bloomington to Sioux Falls, covering 805 miles. We will move along at 63.6mph which means the one night we spend at a hotel or camp ground will be 509 miles along out way
The pattern is, dare I say, almost summerlike for the next couple of days, given the dearth of well organized systems in the Plains. There is disagreement between the models, mostly because the pattern is so directionless on whether or not moisture will filter as far north as Iowa. Knowing how certain models react in certain situations, I will say, somewhat confidently that it will not be raining at any point in our drive, and instead Des Moines will be foggy when we arrive with some low clouds, thanks in large part to any remnant snow melting away.
Overnight, a system moving through the Dakotas will develop a bit and draw the moisture north into a legitimate warm front, and it will likely be raining in Des Moines as we awake and make our way northwestward. The back edge of heavy rain will be near Des Moines when we awake, but it will clear out a bit and warm up as we continue into Sioux Falls to begin the week in South Dakota.