Blizzard Warning goes into effect tonight at 6PM and will last through Thursday 6PM. The rain has been falling in SW Iowa through the afternoon. We expect the wave of moisture to hit Des Moines just as temperatures cool to the freezing point. Expect light showers around 4PM and then a bit of rain snow mix before we see all snow falling over the metro. We are expecting the heaviest snow overnight. High wind will also sweep in behind this storm creating blizzard conditions after Midnight.
Snow totals are still expected to reach 8″ to 10″ of snow in Central Iowa. We could see 15″ of snow in portions of NE Iowa.
This storm is shaping up to be like the blizzard of January 26-27, 1996. That storm left Des Moines with 13″ of snow and 55 MPH wind gusts. The state was shut down for two days.
Stay with Channel 13 on 13.2 for continued live coverage through the evening and overnight. We have our team of meteorologists here to make sure you know where the most snow is falling and when travel is not advised. You can also get our 13WarnMe app on your smart phone and see our live broadcasts of the storm even if power goes out at your house or office.