The Wednesday morning commute could be a dangerous one across much of Iowa. National Weather Service Meteorologist Rod Donavan says a cold front will develop over northern Iowa this evening. The northern third of the state can expect two to four inches of snow by 6 a.m.
Donavan says the cold front will move south and east on Wednesday, bringing up to four inches of snow to areas east of Interstate 35. Donavan says the heaviest snow is expected over southeast Iowa.
"There’s the potential there for three to five inches of snow, possibly some isolated higher amounts," Donavan said. The snow will be accompanied by increasing northwest winds and colder temperatures, adding to potential travel difficulties.
"We do currently have snow that is melting, however, overnight tonight as we go back down toward freezing…we would expect that to ice over and then any new snow will be able to blow much more efficiently and we could see some blowing snow issues especially by (Wednesday) afternoon," Donavan said.
Wind gusts could reach as high as 35 miles per hour Wednesday, with temperatures falling through the morning and holding in the 20s during the afternoon. Below normal temps are expected through the weekend, with another chance for snow over northeast Iowa Friday night into Saturday.