All of north-central Iowa under Winter Storm Warning for late tonight through late Friday-early Saturday

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A multi-faceted winter storm will pass through the state starting tonight and lasting through Friday. Snowfall amounts from 5 to 10 inches are expected over much of central Iowa along with winds gusting over 40 mph Friday afternoon into early Saturday. The combination of gusty winds, snow on the ground from the previous winter storm, and new, fluffy snow falling tonight into Friday will lead to a significant blowing snow threat on Friday into Saturday. The blowing and drifting snow may lead to near-whiteout conditions, especially in open and rural areas with the hazardous conditions continuing well beyond the end of the falling snow. Therefore, hazardous travel conditions are expected through much of the state on Friday, including both the morning and evening commutes, with impacts extending into at least early Saturday. Temperatures will also fall to the single digits above or below zero by early Saturday with wind chills near to well below zero by Friday night, adding an extra layer of risk to travel on Friday.

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Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Worth, Winnebago, Franklin, Butler, Wright, Kossuth counties:

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST FRIDAY NIGHT…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Ice accumulations of up to a light glaze in southeast Iowa. Wind gusts over 40 mph causing significant blowing and drifting snow and near-blizzard conditions extending beyond the end of falling snow.

* WHERE…All of Central Iowa.

* WHEN…From 9 PM this evening to midnight CST Friday night.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to near-whiteout conditions later Friday into Saturday. The hazardous conditions will greatly impact the morning and evening commutes Friday. The cold wind chills as low as 10 to 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
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Mitchell, Floyd counties:

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST SATURDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin.

* WHEN…From midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute Friday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.