Did you enjoy today? Because if you didn’t, these next 72 hours are going to be messy. A small clipper system will move through the area later tonight, bringing a shot of snow for northeast Iowa. Snow accumulations look to remain 1 and 2 inches. Another more potent clipper system will move though the state Saturday evening and into the morning hours bringing another 1 to 3 inches across northeast Iowa. After all said and done, a few locations in northeast Iowa could see around 5 inches of snow. Southwest Iowa looks to miss the majority of the snow with only a slight dusting expected. The bigger issue with these clipper systems will be the wind. Very gusty northwest winds will accompany both of these clipper systems, and this could lead to some travel headaches later tonight and on into Sunday evening.
A winter storm watch has been issued for portions of northern and eastern Iowa. This is because of the snow we are expecting tonight and again on Saturday night. A very strong arctic cold front will arrive Sunday afternoon with winds of 25 to 35mph, gusting to 45mph. These strong winds will create widespread blowing snow in many locations, possibly resulting in blizzard like white out conditions. This winter storm watch is in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.
A blizzard watch has been issued for portions of northern and central Iowa, in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday evening. Blizzard conditions may develop Sunday morning and continue into Sunday evening. This is because of the strong northwest winds, gusting up to 55mph will reduce visibilities lower than a quarter of a mile.
A high wind watch has also been issued for portions of northwest Iowa and this is due to those gusty northwest winds. The reason they are under a high wind watch instead of a blizzard watch is due to the fact they are expected not to see a lot of snow. These strong winds may develop Sunday and continue into Sunday evening. Winds will increase to 35mph to 45mph with gusts to 55mph.
Behind the cold front, temperatures will be in the single digits on Monday with wind chills 25 to 45 below zero. This will need to be monitored as wind chill advisories and warnings will need to be issued.
It is going to be a messy 72 hours between the dangerous cold on Monday, the blizzard like conditions Sunday afternoon and the high winds. Make sure to stay tuned to the Iowa Strom Chasing Network on Facebook and right here at Iowachase.com for the very latest.