The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the area for Winnebago, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Worth, and Emmet counties. A second Blizzard Warning was issued beginning at 6am on Friday morning and continues until midnight on Saturday morning. This warning incorporates Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Wright, Humboldt, and Sac counties. The entire listening area will see a strong winter storm which has been building in intensity in the Pacific region, move over the area causing various amounts of snow to fall.
Snow is expected throughout the day today. Winds will be especially prevalent which may cause problems for drivers due to white out conditions. Winds will be out of the northwest at speeds of 24 to 40 miles per hour. The strongest blizzard like conditions will be located over north central and northwest Iowa.
Originally, the National Weather Service downgraded the snowfall amounts from 5 inches to 3. However, a minor change in the track of the storm and the significant buildup in intensity from gulf moisture has forced the National Weather Service to modify the forecasted amount to 10, possibly 16 inches of new snow before the system leaves the area. The greatest amount of snowfall will be Friday with the possibility of up to 9 inches of snow.
The system will bring much colder temperatures to the area than what we have been experiencing over the last nine days. A thirty degree difference in highs will begin today and temperatures are not expected to go above 40 through Wednesday of next week. During this time, smaller storm systems bringing wintry mixes will move through the area.
The KIOW News Team will continue to monitor the situation for school closures, road conditions, and changes in events throughout the area. For complete detail on these, go to the Weather Cancellations tab at the top of the KIOW home page to see the latest cancellations and postponements. Also stay tuned to KIOW throughout the day and night for the latest developments in this storm and its’ impact on the area.