The first significant winter storm of the season is taking aim for central Iowa. A Winter Storm Watch will go into effect Wednesday at noon and continue through Thursday at 6 PM.
A strong area of low pressure will move north and east from the four corners region to Iowa on Wednesday afternoon. The track of this storm puts parts of Iowa in the heaviest snowfall band. This system will bring quite a bit of moisture with it. As this system interacts with cold air we will see begin to see significant winter weather. The dividing line between rain and snow will position itself through central Iowa. The location of that division will determine snow totals across the area.
At this time, snowfall total estimates through Thursday afternoon fall between 6 and 8 inches. Snow with a mix of some rain will begin in the NW corner of the state during the afternoon on Wednesday and push through Central Iowa during the evening commute. This will transition to all snow across the state by midnight as temperatures drop. The snow will wrap up on Thursday morning, but strong winds will persist. This could lead to near blizzard conditions on Thursday with limited visibility due to blowing snow.
Stay tuned to Channel 13, Iowa’s Weather Channel and WHOtv.com for the latest details on this storm as it continues to develop.