Winter Storm Watch issued for Feb 23-24: Heavy snow, winds reaching 45-50 mph predicted

Gusty winds combined with the icing could bring down tree branches and power lines.

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Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Adair; Adams; Audubon; Black Hawk; Boone; Bremer; Butler; Cass; Dallas; Franklin; Greene; Grundy; Guthrie; Hamilton; Hardin; Madison; Marshall; Polk; Ringgold; Story; Taylor; Union; Webster; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Winter Storm Potential For Late Saturday Through Sunday... .A potent winter storm system will move through the southern Plains and lift northeastward across Iowa through the weekend. This system will bring many different types of weather to Iowa. Initially a period of icing is expected across northern Iowa Saturday afternoon with rain further south. As much colder air moves into Iowa Saturday night, precipitation will change over to all snow, potentially heavy at times. A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to set up across portions of western, central and northern Iowa with this system. There may be tight gradient on the north and south sides of this narrow band of snow. Strong and gusty northwest to west winds to increase across the state Saturday night through Sunday. This will cause areas of blowing snow and potentially near-blizzard conditions especially in rural areas. ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy wintry mixed precipitation Saturday evening changing over to all snow Saturday night is possible. Areas of blowing snow are possible late Saturday night through Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches, locally higher amounts possible in a narrow band of snow that is expected to develop. Ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...Southwest, central and northeast Iowa.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times, especially in rural areas. Gusty winds and icing could bring down tree branches and power lines.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Calhoun; Carroll; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Winnebago; Worth

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...Winter Storm Potential For Late Saturday Through Sunday... .A potent winter storm system will move through the southern Plains and lift northeastward across Iowa through the weekend. This system will bring many different types of weather to Iowa. Initially a period of icing is expected across northern Iowa Saturday afternoon with rain further south. As much colder air moves into Iowa Saturday night, precipitation will change over to all snow, potentially heavy at times. A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to set up across portions of western, central and northern Iowa with this system. There may be tight gradient on the north and south sides of this narrow band of snow. Strong and gusty northwest to west winds to increase across the state Saturday night through Sunday. This will cause areas of blowing snow and potentially near-blizzard conditions especially in rural areas. ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy wintry mixed precipitation Saturday afternoon changing to all snow Saturday night. Areas of blowing snow Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, locally higher amounts possible in a narrow band of snow that is expected to develop. Ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

* WHERE...West central into north central Iowa.

* WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to hazardous. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to less than 1/2 mile at times. Gusty winds combined with the icing could bring down tree branches and power lines.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Winter Storm Likely to Cause Travel Impacts this Weekend... .A strong winter storm is expected to move through the area Saturday night through Sunday, producing a band of heavy snow along with some light icing. Snowfall accumulations in the heaviest band are expected to be in the 4 to 9 inch range, though confidence in where the heaviest band will set up is somewhat low. In addition to the heavy snow, winds gusting as high as 45 mph are expected cause blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and unsheltered areas. Keep up to date on the forecast and plan ahead for travel impacts this weekend. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and light mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches and a light glaze of ice possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of west central to central Wisconsin, northeast Iowa, and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to hazardous. Areas of blowing snow could also significantly reduce visibility.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Houston; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Winter Storm Likely to Cause Travel Impacts this Weekend... .A strong winter storm is expected to move through the area Saturday night through Sunday, producing a band of heavy snow along with some light icing. Snowfall accumulations in the heaviest band are expected to be in the 4 to 9 inch range, though confidence in where the heaviest band will set up is somewhat low. In addition to the heavy snow, winds gusting as high as 45 mph are expected cause blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and unsheltered areas. Keep up to date on the forecast and plan ahead for travel impacts this weekend. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and light mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches and a light glaze of ice possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of west central to central Wisconsin, northeast Iowa, and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to hazardous. Areas of blowing snow could also significantly reduce visibility.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Winter Storm Watch
Areas Affected: Faribault; Freeborn; Goodhue; Rice; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...HEAVY SNOW AND ACCUMULATING SNOW POSSIBLE FOR SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON... .A potent winter storm will arrive from the Plains Saturday and move into the Great Lakes on Sunday. Significant accumulating snow along with strong winds are possible over much of southeastern Minnesota into western Wisconsin Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for areas along and east of a line from Rice Lake to New Richmond Wisconsin, continuing to Faribault to Blue Earth Minnesota. Snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches are possible, along with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Areas of blowing snow along with the accumulating snow may lead to hazardous driving conditions. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow likely. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of northwest and west central Wisconsin and south central and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult and hazardous due to accumulating snow and blowing snow, producing slippery roads and reduced visibility.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

 

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