The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Winnebago, Hancock, Kossuth, Humboldt, Worth, Pocahontas, Emmet, and Palo Alto Counties until 6 pm tonight. In Minnesota, Faribault and Freeborn Counties remain under an Ice Storm Warning until 9 pm tonight.
Weather Conditions: Widespread precipitation will continue to affect the northwest third of Iowa today in the form of a cold rain or freezing rain this morning before transitioning to a wintry mix or snow from midday into the afternoon. Recent warm air temperatures have kept roads and elevated surfaces just above freezing, but there could still be a light glaze to a few tenths of an inch of icing on elevated surfaces by later this morning as temperatures remain near freezing. Eventually the wintry mix will change over to snow over northwest Iowa where a dusting to as much as 3 inches of snow is possible from Algona north and west, with the higher end of that range in the Estherville area.
Freezing rain is expected across extreme southern Minnesota where up to one quarter inch of ice may accumulate along with a slushy inch of snow. Further north, a narrow swath of heavy snow looks to set roughly along a line from Mankato to the Twin Cities to Luck WI.
Road Conditions: Plan on slippery road conditions in the area. Currently, all north Iowa roads are experiencing seasonal conditions with some applications being done west of Estherville.
In southern Minnesota, roads are experiencing seasonal conditions east of Fairmont. West on I-90 and running north and south on Highway 15, applications are being done with partial covering taking place.
Officials urge residents to slow down and use caution while traveling. KIOW and kiow.com will keep you up to date with road condition reports throughout the day.