Travel conditions across parts of Iowa will deteriorate tonight thanks to several inches of snow and winds of up to 35 miles per hour. National Weather Service Meteorologist Rich Kinney says Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are posted across much of northeast Iowa.
He says snowfall amounts over the northeast third of the state will range from 3 to 7 inches. The winds will cause considerable blowing and drifting of the snow. "In general, this will be kind of a lighter nature snow and as this strong low pressure system passes by to the east tonight, winds on the back side of that will increase substantially," Kinney said.
"So, we can expect rapidly deteriorating conditions overnight into Saturday morning." The southwest half of Iowa, meanwhile, can expect less wind and an inch or less of snow. Portions of northeast Iowa may experience periods of spotty blizzard-like conditions.
Kinney says visabilities may drop down to near zero – especially in open areas. Low temperatures across the state tonight will be in the teens to low 20s.