Nearly every area of the state will spend at least a couple hours in a blizzard today. National Weather Service meteorologist Miles Schumacher says strong winds and light snow will spread west to east through the day.
“The main concern is a period of blowing snow. We could get an inch or two in the northwest part of the state, maybe a little less in the southeast. But with the real strong winds, we’re seeing visabilities drop to near near zero while the snow is falling…that lasts a couple hours and then it improves some,” Schumacher said.
Temperatures are expected to plummet throughout the day as well. Schumacher says overnight temperatures will drop well below zero statewide. Wind chill readings could reach 20 to 30 below across northern Iowa and 15 to 20 below in the south. Travel conditions are deteriorating in some parts of the state.
The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for Iowa that will remain in effect through this evening and wind chill advisories through Wednesday morning. The Iowa Department of Transportation is warning drivers to take extra precautions when traveling today and Wednesday. In partnership with the Minnesota DOT, the Iowa DOT is also sharing information for travelers intending to travel in that state.
High winds are presently reducing visibility in north central Iowa. Conditions will be further hampered by nightfall. The Iowa State Patrol is not recommending travel at this time in north central Iowa, including portions of I-35 from Story City to the Minnesota border.
With this winter weather event, Iowa DOT officials urge drivers “to evaluate the necessity of each trip and travel at another time if possible.” The latest road conditions are available from the DOT on-line or by calling 511.