If you have not been out today… you are lucky.
The side streets are very slick as the cold air under-cut the rain this morning and gave us an instant freeze on the rain that fell overnight.
The highways are being treated across the state. I drove from Waukee to Indianola at 11:00 this morning…and had no problem with road conditions on the highway. The biggest problem will be the driveway to neighborhood streets.
The road map is from 1:00 PM. Remember RED means travel is not advised. PINK indicates the roads are completely covered with snow and or ice. ORANGE means the roads are mostly covered…Yellow=partially covered and BLUE shows where the roads are wet.
A BLIZZARD WARNING is still in effect for central Iowa late this afternoon through tomorrow morning. The NWS is calling for 3 to 5 inches of additional snow. I think that could happen just to the west of the metro…as the storm pulls in the moisture late today. It still looks like Des Moines will see 1 to 2 inches of snow…then very windy conditions.
THE WIND is the big monster in this storm. Wind gusts over 50 mph are expected tonight. That will reduce visibilities to around zero. Road conditions will be very slick as the temperatures fall to the single digits.
More updates coming through the day.