BLIZZARD WARNING now in effect Friday morning through Saturday morning

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
303 PM CST Thu Jan 11 2024

…Very Dangerous Winter Storm Expected Tonight into Friday
Night…
…Life threatening Wind Chills Expected Saturday Night into Early
Next Week…

.A multi-faceted severe winter storm is set to affect Iowa
tonight into Friday evening. This dangerous storm starts this
evening with snow spreading into the state and persisting into
Friday with heavy accumulations. Winds then increase Friday
morning with life threatening blizzard conditions expected into
Friday afternoon and Friday night.

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Including the cities of Algona, Forest City, Lake Mills,
Northwood, Manly, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, Clear Lake,
Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton, Parkersburg,
Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison, Dumont,
Waverly, Fort Dodge, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley,
Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, Wellsburg, Waterloo,
Cedar Falls, Boone, Ames, Marshalltown, Tama, Toledo, Traer,
Dysart, Gladbrook, Des Moines, Newton, Grinnell, Indianola,
Norwalk, Carlisle, Pella, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Albia, Ottumwa,
Centerville, and Bloomfield
303 PM CST Thu Jan 11 2024

…WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO
10 AM CST FRIDAY…
…BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM CST
SATURDAY…
…WIND CHILL WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH
TUESDAY MORNING…

* WHAT…For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow is expected.
Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches along with some minor
glazing across far southern Iowa. For the Blizzard Warning, life
threatening conditions expected. Northwest winds are forecast to
gust up to 45 mph with frequent visibilities of one quarter mile
or less. For the Wind Chill Watch, dangerously cold wind will
occur with values as low as 30 to 45 below zero.

* WHERE…Portions of Central Iowa.

* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, from 9 PM this evening to
10 AM CST Friday. For the Blizzard Warning, from 10 AM Friday
to 6 AM CST Saturday. For the Wind Chill Watch, from Saturday
evening through Tuesday morning.

* IMPACTS…Travel will become very difficult by Friday morning
and may be impossible in some rural areas Friday afternoon and
Friday night. Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility
with whiteout conditions. The dangerously cold wind chills could
cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.
These temperatures and wind chills can be life threatening for
stranded motorists.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Storms of this magnitude are fairly rare
with recurrence around once or twice per decade. Travel is not
recommended except if absolutely necessary, especially by Friday
afternoon into the evening.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must
travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded,
stay with your vehicle.

Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

For the latest travel conditions, check the Iowa 511 app,
www.511ia.org, or dial 511.