Blizzard Conditions to Impact Portions of Iowa

A winter storm will churn towards Iowa, arriving early tonight. Wintry precipitation will fall in the form of ice before changing to snow late tonight. Additionally, strong winds will arrive tonight, serving as a catalyst for hazardous impacts as blizzard and winter storm conditions affect portions of Iowa.

A blizzard warning has been issued for northwest Iowa. This is because blizzard conditions are expected. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning commute on Monday. Tree branches and limbs could fall as well, possibly impacting power lines. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches are expected within this warning.

This blizzard warning will be in effect from 9 PM Sunday to midnight Monday night. Winds will be gusting as high as 45-mph which will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely.

Freezing rain will also be a concern, as temperatures initially when precipitation begins to fall late Sunday will be above freezing. As temperatures begin to fall, rain will transition over to snow, but during this process, a light glazing of ice is possible across northern Iowa.

A winter storm warning has also been issued for a few counties across north central Iowa. This is because total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches, and ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected.

If you plan on traveling to the north and west Sunday night and on Monday, strongly reconsider, as travel will be very hazardous. Continue to follow us for the latest updates, and they continue to come out throughout the day Sunday.


Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at:

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