A major winter storm is expected to impact Central Iowa Wednesday night and Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning has been upgraded to a Blizzard Warning. This warning goes into effect at 6 PM on Wednesday and lasts until 6 PM on Thursday.
The storm system will push north and east from the four corners region early in the day on Wednesday. As this system interacts with cold air, precipitation will occur mainly in the form of snow. Forecast snowfall totals are predicted to be between 5 to 9 inches with locally higher amounts. The highest snow amounts look to stretch from the Des Moines Metro up towards Northeast Iowa.
The system is expected to pack a punch with very strong winds upwards of 30-40 mph. Late Wednesday night and Thursday morning these winds will begin slowing snow, which will cause near blizzard conditions and limited visibility on roadways.
Stay tuned to Channel 13, Iowa’s Weather Channel and WHOtv.com for the latest details on this storm as it continues to develop.