Well here we go, our first taste of winter over parts of Iowa. After a Winter Storm Watch was issued for parts of northern Iowa, much of that is now gone, replaced with a Winter Weather Advisory for much of central Iowa. In the graphic to the left you can see the counties affected by this advisory. This will run until Wednesday Morning when wraparound snow should exit the area.
When all is said and done, we should see 2-4” of measureable snow in parts of central Iowa, with locally higher amounts possible. This will cause difficult travel conditions this evening. It’s always important to stress the care that must be put in to driving on slick roads. Often times the first snowfall of the year also brings an unusual number of accidents. If you do venture out during this time period it’s important to allow yourself extra time and to take it easy.
Taking a look at the graphic to the right, you can see the estimated snowfall totals for tonight’s storm from the National Weather Service in Des Moines. You can see the potential for some heavier snow bands. All of this is conditional based on warmer ground conditions and when the changeover to snow occurs this evening. All of this will play a MAJOR role in how much snow falls over this area.
Looking ahead, things will cool off later in the week as a clipper system passes to the north of Iowa. A stronger and much colder system could bring a bigger shot of arctic air sometime next week. All of this is still a long ways out so for now we’ll focus on tonight’s storm system.
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