Intense areas of snow set up right over Central and Southern Iowa Saturday mid-morning and afternoon. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour were common, with many areas around Polk and Dallas counties picking up 6 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow.

Ever so slightly less humidity at the ground compared to Thursday, as well as better lift above the ground, created a situation where heavy snow was able to outrun melting snow on the ground and push accumulations well into significant ranges.

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Pavement temperatures were still mild, so much of the snow on roads has melted somewhat, turning roads to slush, or slush underneath a layer of snow. This has created slippery conditions, with lots of sliding or difficulty restarting at intersections, though road crews have cleared many of the main routes

  • Waukee 8.0″
  • Urbandale 7.5″
  • Grimes 6.5″
  • Des Moines 6.4″
  • Polk City 6.0″
  • Windsor Heights 5.8″
  • Adel 5.0″
  • Woodward 5.0″