North-central Iowa braces for extremely dangerous cold Monday night through Thursday afternoon
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Iowa Road Conditions
...Strong Winds with Blowing Snow Still Possible Today...
...Prolonged Dangerous Cold and Wind Chills this Week...
.Light snow will be diminishing to flurries with periods of
blowing snow today for most locations. Winds this afternoon will
cause blowing and drifting snow over areas where overnight snow
occurred. Wind gusts of 25 to 40 mph will remain this afternoon
and diminish by evening.
An extended and rarely seen outbreak of extreme cold and
dangerous wind chills from late tonight through Thursday morning.
Continue to monitor later forecasts for updates to current
warnings, advisories and watches in effect for the upcoming
Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Palo Alto-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-
Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,
Lake Mills, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City,
and Clear Lake
1221 PM CST Mon Jan 28 2019
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO 6 AM CST TUESDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TUESDAY TO NOON
...WINTER STORM WARNING HAS EXPIRED...
* WHAT...Blowing snow. Dangerously cold wind chills expected.
Wind chills as low as 60 below zero expected from Tuesday night
into Wednesday morning.
* WHERE...Northern Iowa.
* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Warning, from 6 AM Tuesday to noon
CST Thursday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until 3 PM CST
this afternoon. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM this
evening to 6 AM CST Tuesday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Patchy blowing snow could significantly
reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the
morning or evening commute. The dangerously cold wind chills
could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes
and also be life threatening.
A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and
the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite
can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions
are not taken.
A Winter Weather Advisory for blowing snow means that
visibilities will be limited due to strong winds blowing snow
around. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will
combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can
occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.