After the smaller system that moved through the state late Saturday night, we are continuing to monitor a new system expected Monday night into early Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service has upgraded the winter storm watch to a winter storm warning. New model runs are showing the system tracking further to the southwest, causing a few counties on the southern end of the warning to be added. This winter storm warning is in effect for much of the northern and eastern portions of the state from 2 pm Monday afternoon through 3 am Tuesday morning. This is where models are consistently showing the highest accumulations. 6 to 8 inches of snow can be expected in the warning area, with the potential of higher amounts concentrated along and east of a line from Emmetsburg to Tama.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for portions of southeast Iowa from 3 pm Monday afternoon through 3 am Tuesday morning. This is the where lesser accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected, but blowing snow could still be hazardous in these areas.
Behind the system, strong winds will push in, causing blowing snow to be a concern. Sustained winds of 15 miles per hour could gust as high as 25 miles per hour at times. Travel could be hazardous, especially in areas under the winter storm warning. This will likely impact your rush hour commute Monday evening. Snow will being to enter into northwest Iowa around 2pm Monday. The snow will then continue to slide off to the southeast, impacting central Iowa by 4pm. The current storm track could shift and change the expected snow totals. We will continue to monitor this storm system so check back for the latest updates.