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Winter storm warning: Are you prepared?

Snow and cold are on the way
Snow and cold are on the way

NORTH IOWA – Moderate to heavy snow likely is Friday and Friday night, the National Weather Service says.

The first winter storm of the season will impact a large portion of Iowa Friday and Friday night. Snow will begin over Northwest Iowa By late morning to early afternoon and spread across the remainder of the area Friday afternoon and evening. Breezy Northerly winds Friday night may cause areas of blowing and drifting of snow. In addition, wind chills will be near zero over Northern Iowa by Daybreak Saturday.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 6 AM CST Saturday.

Timing: Snow is expected to begin across the area during the afternoon hours and may have a significant impact on the late afternoon and early evening commute.

Storm total snow accumulations, 6 to 10 inches possible.

Winds/visibilities, visibilities will be reduced to less than one half mile at times in falling snow. In addition, winds of 15 to 25 mph may produce minor blowing and drifting, and also help contribute to reduced visibilities.

Impacts: The combination of slushy and snow covered roads will lead to hazardous travel conditions. Including during the Friday evening commute. Travel conditions will likely become treacherous at times. Be sure to use caution and use your winter driving skills.

Recommended actions
A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only Travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight. Food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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