This morning the National Weather Service expanded the Blizzard Warning from northern Iowa through most of the state…including the Des Moines metro.
The snow started to fly in central Iowa around 9 AM…sooner than expected. The cold air was pulled in before the rain could be cut off with drier air that stopped the snow by mid-morning.
At the time of this post…it was still raining in northeast Iowa!
There is a chance for more light snow in central Iowa this afternoon and evening… but the big issue is going to be the wind.
The Northwest wind will whip up to 50 mph. Even walking will be difficult with wind gusts at that level. When you add in light snow and darkness…visibilities will be reduced.
Tonight wind chills will reach -20 to -25. There will be slick spots on roads…but the roads in northern Iowa will be dangerous.
So…we will not see much snow…but the wind…the cold…and visibilities are enough to issue the blizzard warning.
Be careful… if you have to travel…make sure you have your emergency winter kit in your car. Always have your cell phone fully charged.