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Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Audubon; Calhoun; Carroll; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Greene; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

...Icy Conditions Continue this Morning... ...Blizzard Conditions Develop This Evening Through Sunday... .Freezing rain will persist until around 9 AM today for areas north of Interstate 80. Temperatures will warm enough to change some areas across central Iowa, including the Des Moines Metro, Ames, and Webster City over to rain by mid-morning. The wintry mix will persist however for northern and northwest Iowa through the day. Travel difficulties will continue for areas where freezing rain persists today. By late afternoon and evening, much colder air will change precipitation quickly over to snow from west to east across central Iowa. Snow will become heavy at times this evening with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour likely from Omaha to Fort Dodge to Webster City. Total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches likely along this axis of heaviest snow. Strong winds will accompany the heavy snow producing blizzard conditions. Snow amounts are expected to be lighter south of this heavier axis, with generally 2 to 5 inches expected from 2 to 5 inches from Waterloo to Des Moines towards SW Iowa. Even so the combination of snow and very strong winds will make travel difficult tonight. Although snow ends, winds will continue to impact travel on Sunday. There remains some uncertainty as to where the heaviest snow band will set up Saturday afternoon and evening as the main storm crosses Iowa. A small shift in the track of the storm will greatly impact snow amounts and the extent of blizzard conditions over the region tonight. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Wintry mixed precipitation through today with light glazing expected. Snow will develop by late afternoon, becoming heavy at times this evening. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph tonight and Sunday to produce Blizzard conditions.

* WHERE...North and North Central Iowa.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6 PM today. For the Blizzard Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel may be difficult today and potentially impossible tonight and Sunday. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near zero at times Saturday night into Sunday. Strong winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Blizzard Warning

Areas Affected: Boone; Butler; Cass; Franklin; Guthrie; Hamilton; Hardin

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