DES MOINES, Iowa -- The storm we've been watching since early last week is getting closer to its arrival in central Iowa. A Blizzard Watch has now been issued for parts of Iowa from 3 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday. The combination of snowfall and strong winds will lead to visibility below a quarter mile at times through the day on Tuesday.
Rain will lift into the state during the evening on Monday night. By 10 p.m., the rain will transition to snowfall. The snow will continue through the night and spread in coverage.
By Tuesday morning's commute, 2 to 3" will be on the ground in the Metro with higher amounts in northwest Iowa.
The winds will pick up in intensity early Tuesday with northeast winds at 15 to 25 mph, gusts reaching 35 mph. The winds will stay strong through the day.
An additional 4 to 5 inches will fall during the day on Tuesday with the strong winds continuing.
There will be a sharp cut-off on snowfall totals with a rain-snow line in place across southeast Iowa. As of Sunday morning, the line looks to be just south of Des Moines. If the track of the storm shifts north slightly, that would move the rain-snow line north of the metro and would reduce totals. If it drops further south, snow totals could increase. But as of this morning, the line looks to be just to the south of the Metro, putting us in place for 5 to 7".
We will track the storm closely as it moves in and impacts the state.
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