The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Blizzard Warning for a quartet of counties in north central Iowa. The counties affected by this warning until 9pm Friday Night are Winnebago, Worth, Hancock and Cerro Gordo Counties. Strong winds are blowing around newly fallen snow, reducing visibility to zero in some areas and making roads almost impassable because of snow drifts. Road conditions at this hour show travel is not advised in this area.
You can see the counties under that warning highlighted in red in the graphic to the right. The counties shaded in blue are currently under a Winter Weather Advisory for the same reason. It wasn’t a lot of new snow that fell, but with winds this strong it doesn’t really matter.
We’ll continue to monitor the latest conditions but for now the best advice is to relax at home where it’s nice and warm. We hope to have a full write up soon about the storm set to hit Iowa Sunday through Tuesday.