DES MOINES, Iowa – A compact, quick-moving wave of energy will clip through Iowa on Tuesday delivering a quick shot of light snow as temperatures begin to climb out of the recent arctic chill that has gripped the state.
Light snow will start in western Iowa before sunrise but should hold off through the morning commute in much of Central Iowa. Snowfall along the I-35 corridor and the Des Moines metro will be likely from 10 a.m. through at least 3 p.m., lasting a bit longer south of I-80.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for SW Iowa from 6 AM until 6 PM. This is where 2-4″ of snow will make travel difficult by the end of the day. The city of Des Moines is included in the advisory that starts at Noon and lasts until 9 PM. 1-3″ of snow will fall around the metro area by tonight.
Highs will still be in the teens on Tuesday, which will favor very dry, light and fluffy snow which will allow light accumulations with a few areas of moderate totals, despite limited moisture for the storm system to work with.
While the snowfall totals will generally be light, snow-packed roads will be likely for the evening commute, especially in areas with light totals that don’t meet the threshold for plow activation.
Temperatures will continue to climb in the forecast after the snow, with 20s for the rest of the week, and potentially 30s by the weekend.