There has not been much change in the thinking for later this week. And that’s bad news if you’re not a fan of winter. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for a large portion of the Upper Midwest, including much of Iowa, for Wednesday Night into Thursday. This is in response to a powerful storm system projected to pass just south and east of Iowa.
That track puts Iowa on the snow side with ample moisture available. This watch is posted because of the potential of 6” or more. If that verifies, many areas could be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning in the next 36 hours. The heaviest snow is expected to arrive during the day on Wednesday and into the evening and overnight hours.
This is the time we expect travel conditions to quickly deteriorate across Iowa. As the low pressure continues to deepen, winds will increase across the region, threatening to produce near white-out conditions over much of the state. This, especially Wednesday Night into Thursday, could have a MAJOR impact on travel plans across the area. Anyone venturing out at this time will need to make preparations for dangerous conditions or make an attempt to avoid travel altogether.
There is still plenty of time before this storm arrives and any change in its track could greatly alter the projected snowfall totals. At this time, areas under the winter storm watch can expect 3”-6” but that total could wind up being much higher if current projections verify. In fact, some of the heavier totals could top the 10”-12” mark.
As a result, we will continue to monitor the latest track projections and provide updates between now and when the storm strikes.