Blizzard Arrives: Heavy, Blowing Snow Reduces Visibility and Creates Dangerous Road Conditions

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A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for most of central Iowa until 6 PM. Expect wind gusts over 35 mph along with heavy snow through the morning will reduce visibility under a mile at times. Snow will continue to fall especially across the west side of the state through the afternoon and evening, but will end by midnight. The wind is expected to gradually weaken for those along and east of I-35 but for those west of I-35, wind gusts will still be up to about 30 mph from the northwest.

Overnight the snow will end, but the wind will remain elevated. Wind gusts will be around 25 mph across all of central Iowa through about sunrise on Saturday. The weekend will be a little less windy, but wind gusts will still be around 20 mph through the afternoon Saturday and Sunday. Some blowing snow will be possible especially across rural areas.

Temperatures remain cool through most of next week with highs near average in the lower 30s.

Snow totals will be around 4 to 7 inches in Des Moines, with around 6 to 9 from Carroll to Fort Dodge to Mason City, and 2-4″ in Eastern Iowa. The high winds will make most travel difficult, if not impossible after the first few inches of snow falls.

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