Much of southern and eastern Iowa is now under a BLIZZARD WARNING as a powerful winter storm system begins to barrel towards Iowa. The bulk of the snow is expected to fall between 6pm Thursday Night and Noon on Wednesday. Anywhere from 8″-20″ of snow is possible in the warned area. You can see the area under a Blizzard Warning in the graphic to the right, highlighted in red.
The highest snow totals will be found in extreme southeast Iowa where snow will fall at a rate of 2″-3″ per hour at times Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. Along with the heavy snow, winds will be gusting over 30mph, producing blizzard conditions in many areas and making travel in this area difficult if not impossible.
This is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. It’s likely that snow drifts several feet high will occur in areas that see the most snow. This could make some roads impossible for road crews to clear and force authorities to shut down some roadways in the area. We’ll have a complete rundown of what to expect later tonight. But for now it’s safe to best that if you live in the eastern portion of the state, you need to prepare for the biggest winter storm Iowa has seen this season.