For many, this week is the start of spring. However, some places in the state tomorrow may feel like we are still in the midst of winter. A weak storm system will be targeting Northern Iowa tonight and into the morning hours tomorrow. Because of this, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory (counties in purple) for much of Northern Iowa. Light to moderate snow will develop overnight tonight and continue through Monday. Accumulations of 1”-3” are expected in this area. Even though snow totals will be light, the major problem will be the gusty Northwest winds. Winds will be sustained from the Northwest at 20-25mph but will be gusting near 40mph at times. This will cause blowing snow which will reduce visibilities below a half mile at times Monday afternoon.
Counties in the red are in a blizzard warning and this area can expect poor driving conditions on Monday. Moderate snow will move into the area late tonight and last through the day on Monday. Accumulations of 2”-3” of snow is expected in this area. Once again, even though the snow totals are light, the winds will be the major concern. Winds will be sustained from the Northwest at 25-30mph but will be gusting up to 45mph at times. This will cause blowing snow and will reduce visibilities below a quarter mile Monday afternoon.
A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely and this will lead to white out conditions. This will make travel extremely dangerous so if you do not need to travel, stay home. If you have to travel, make sure you have a winter survival kit with you. We will continue to monitor this storm system so check back here on Iowachase.com for any updates.