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TRACKING: Winter Storm Warning through Saturday evening

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WINTER STORM WARNING in effect through 6 p.m. Saturday

Your Friday morning commute will be good, as we are not expecting snow to track in until later this morning into the afternoon.

Today: Snow tracks in from southwest to northeast between 10 a.m. and Noon. Travel conditions will go downhill very quick. It’s going to be windy as well with winds SE 15-30 mph, gusting 30-40 mph at times. This will create reduced visibility and blowing snow. The snow will be moderate to heavy at times during the afternoon and evening commute drive. Use extreme caution when driving. Temperatures will rise into the 20s.

Tonight: After 5 PM, warmer air a few thousand feet above ground will lead to the potential of freezing rain and a little sleet, especially south of Highway 20. This is will add additional hazard on top of the snow and wind. A glaze to 0.20” of an inch of ice will be possible. Farther north, freezing rain will be a possibility, but it will be cold enough for mainly snow. This will be something we continue to monitor, because it could have an impact on snowfall totals. Winds will remain gusty, with steady or rising temperatures. Winds will calm down a little bit between Midnight and 6 AM.

*Snowfall forecast*: 3-6” area-wide. Higher totals will likely be in northern Iowa. Locally higher amounts are possible.

Saturday: Temperatures will be falling throughout the day with very windy conditions. The wind really pick up out of the northwest, 20-35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph at times. The snow will come to an end in the morning. The wind, with 3-6” of snow on the ground, will create blowing snow and near blizzard conditions. Travel will be difficult even once the snow ends.

It’s going to get very cold Saturday night with lows in the single digits below zero, with wind chills between -15° to -30°.

Cold conditions continue through early next week.

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Kyle Kiel

Meteorologist

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