First Snow Storm Of The Season On Its Way

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Ready or not, here it comes. The first snowfall of the season for much of Central Iowa won’t be a light dusting.

Meteorologist Bret McIntyre said a Winter Storm Warning is in effect Friday afternoon and continues until 6 a.m. Saturday for areas along Interstate 80 and to the north. Four to seven inches of snow is expected with the storm. Isolated higher amounts are possible, especially in northern Iowa.

In the metro snow likely will not begin until approximately 2 p.m. Friday, with rain and even a rain-snow mix possible at first. Temperatures still look to top 40 degrees in Des Moines which will delay the transition to snow, and even once all snow is falling, temperatures well above freezing will continue to melt and compact the snow, slowing accumulation. Two to four inches of snow is likely in Des Moines, especially on grassy and elevated surfaces.

The heaviest snowfall rates will fall from early Friday afternoon into early evening, and the likelihood of dangerous travel has led to the postponement of the Iowa High School Football Championships on Friday in Cedar Falls. Winds of 10 to 20 mph will also reduce visibility during this period.

Snow will begin to taper off between midnight and 3 a.m. Saturday morning in Central Iowa with colder temperatures sliding in after much of the snow has wrapped up.

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