Storm Update: Heaviest Snow Expected for Northwest of Metro

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Channel 13’s meteorologists are closely watching the latest winter storm that’s expected to arrive late Monday and impact the state through Wednesday morning.

Storm timing

Areas of light rain/drizzle or light snow could push into far SW Iowa as early as 11 p.m. Monday, but the brunt system will slide into central Iowa after midnight, with light slushy snow, and possibly even a mix of rain through the very early morning. Things will get worse around 6 a.m. Tuesday, with the heaviest snow falling during the morning commute dropping between 3 and 5 inches of snow.

Snow totals in the metro by the end of the storm Wednesday are expected to be 5 to 7 inches.

Areas southeast of the metro will likely see rain as this storm passes through, maybe some light flakes mixed with rain.

Northwest of the metro

A blizzard warning is in effect for Tuesday for those north and west of the Des Moines metro. Moderate to heavy snow is expected, dropping totals between 5 and 10 inches.

Wind speeds will increase as well. Winds will be strong from the north-northeast at 20 to 30 mph, gusts to 40 mph. This will create very difficult driving conditions all day on Tuesday and for the start of Wednesday.

Travel conditions will be poor across the state with intense winds — blowing snow and near whiteout conditions are expected in areas with heavier snowfall.



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