The on-again, off-again storm is drawing close. But even now it looks like a mixed bag for the state. One thing we can say is the threat of heavy snow over western Iowa is growing more likely this afternoon. As a result, a Winter Storm Warning has been posted for the southwest quadrant of Iowa. This warning includes the Des Moines and Ames metro areas. Snowfall in the warned area is expected to be 4″-8″ when all is said and done by Sunday morning.
For the Des Moines area specifically, the snow could begin as early as Saturday afternoon. Period of heavy snow are possible before it’s all over. Road conditions will deteriorate rapidly beginning Saturday morning in western Iowa. Blowing and drifting snow will also be a problem in this area Saturday Night and Sunday morning.
Of interest with this storm, eastern and northern Iowa should see little if any snow. Precip should fall as rain before the storm system weakens as it pushes through. If anything changes we will bring you the latest as it becomes available. For now we’ll monitor any changes in the snowfall projections. If you have travel plans in the affected area, it is crucial that you keep up with the latest forecasts before deciding whether or not to go ahead with your plans.