When drivers awoke this morning, they were greeted with heavy snow at times during the morning drive. Several drivers on I-35 east of Forest City were slowed to a crawl as the Iowa Department of Transportation crews were busy clearing the snow. Surrounding highways and county roads are experiencing the same problem.
Main streets throughout Forest City, Britt, Mason City, and Buffalo Center were being concentrated on first before residential roads were to be cleared. However, heavier snow bands are on the way before the end of the day as snow continues to develop to the northwest of the area. Colder weather will continue through Friday with single digit highs and below zero overnight lows that could drop to -15 in some locations by Thursday. The National Weather Service is forecasting snow today with the high near 5. Wind chill values could get as low as -5 thanks to northeast winds between 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches are possible. Tonight will not be much better with snow, mainly before 3am and the low around -4. Wind chill values as low as -20 due to northeast wind between 5 to 9 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
On New Year’s Day there is a slight chance of snow showers before 9am, then a chance for flurries afterwards. It will be cloudy and cold, with a high near 3. Wind chill values as low as -20 due to north to northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.