The snow storm tracking toward Iowa is now expected to arrive later than first thought – with much of the snow falling on Friday. The entire state is under a Winter Weather Advisory through 6 p.m Friday.
Roger Valhollek is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “It’s slowed down a little bit since (Wednesday), at least in terms of its timing,” Valhollek said. “But, it’s still on its way.”
The snow should begin to fly in western Iowa late today and push east through the state tonight and tomorrow. Snowfall amounts should range from two to four inches in the south and five to seven inches across much of central and northern Iowa.
The good news for holiday travelers is the snow should be gentle and won’t be accompanied by much wind. “It may be a storm system that brings snow that almost falls straight down for a change, instead of blowing around everywhere,” Valhollek said. “There may be some minor blowing, but hopefully it won’t be all that difficult for travelers. The one thing to keep in mind though is anytime we do get snow on the roads, it will be slippery, but we probably won’t have the visibility issues we’ve seen with previous storms.”
Motorists shouldn’t have too many problems after Friday – no snow is expected Christmas day or Sunday.
by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City