Blizzard Watch Issued for Northwest Iowa

A winter storm will bring a wintry mix of precipitation to Iowa late Thursday into Saturday morning. The greatest threat for moderate or higher snowfall is over northern and northwestern Iowa. Strong north to northwesterly winds may lead to dangerous travel during periods of heavier snow.

A blizzard watch has been issued from Thursday evening through Friday evening. Rain will transition to snow Thursday night into Friday morning with winds increasing through the day on Friday. The precipitation and wind are expected to persist into Saturday morning.

Snowfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches across northern to northwestern Iowa, with the highest amounts northwest. Winds will be sustained at 20 to 30-mph with gusts over 40-mph. Visibilities will be reduced to one half mile or less during periods of heavier snow and wind.

A winter storm watch is also in effect as 4 to 7 inches of snow will be possible within this watch area. Winds will be sustained at 20 to 30-mph with gusts over 40-mph. Visibilities will be reduced to one half mile or less during periods of heavier snow and wind.

Travel may be severely impacted as blowing and drifting snow reduce visibility Friday into Saturday morning.

Continue to check back to IowaChase.com for the latest updates.

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: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

(4) Comments

  1. I live in Clinton, Iowa, I’m watching this Storm system very carefully. Do you think that this storm will be moving south anymore? I’m hoping that it does, I love watching and keeping track of storms from winter weather to severe thunderstorms.

  2. There is a huge wrestling tournament in Des Moines this weekend. More than twice as big as last weeks state championships. Hundreds of wrestlers and thousands of fans….this could be ugly.

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