A winter storm is impacting Iowa Tuesday afternoon. The day began with freezing drizzle and mist across Central Iowa. That will continue to persist through the afternoon across the state, making roads, parking lots, and sidewalks slick.
A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday for the Metro off into Northeast Iowa. This is where we will see the worst travel conditions and 3-6” snow totals by Wednesday morning. Surrounding the warning is a Winter Weather Advisory, where less snow is expected.
This afternoon, we’ll see some freezing rain lifting into Southeast Iowa making conditions slick there. In Central Iowa, we’ll see freezing drizzle until snow begins to fall late afternoon. Northwest Iowa will see some snow this afternoon but it will quickly taper off through the evening as the main forcing pushes south and east. This will limit totals there. Some of the heaviest snow will fall over the Metro area during the commute home from work (between 4 and 9 PM).
As the low pressure center moves east of Central Iowa, wrap around snow will continue through early Wednesday morning with strong northwest winds leading to blowing and drifting of snow. Wednesday will be windy but skies will start to clear with some sun.