Tracking Winter Storm to Impact State Thursday

A potential winter storm is on track for about the northwest half of Iowa from Wednesday night through Thursday. Light rain will begin Wednesday evening, then transition to snow from northwest to southeast later Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

There may be a few hours of wintry mix during the transition, leading to a light glaze of ice in some areas on Thursday morning. Northwest winds will increase substantially as the snow sets in, leading to blowing snow and dangerous travel conditions in the northwest on Thursday.

As of right now, it is still too early to determine exact snowfall totals, and exactly where the highest snowfall totals will fall. Some adjustment to the snowfall forecast is likely as details regarding this storm system become more certain!

Bitter cold will also return with this storm and persist through the weekend, as wind chill values drop into the teens or 20s below zero each morning. Those with travel interests in the region should continue to monitor the forecast for updates over the coming days.

*image above is probabilistic odds of 2 or more inches of snow


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:

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