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Winter Storm Watch, Warning for Sections of North Iowa Friday

Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Cerro Gordo; Emmet; Hancock; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Winnebago; Worth

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)

…First Winter Storm of The Season Arrives Friday… A winter storm with moderate to heavy snowfall, along with blowing and drifting snow, is expected Friday into Friday Night. Hazardous travel is expected over north central Iowa beginning later Friday morning or early afternoon due to snow and blowing snow. The snow may be heavy at times with rates approaching 1 inch per hour. Travel concerns extend further south toward the Highway 20 corridor where several inches of snow and perhaps a light glazing of ice are possible beginning Friday afternoon. Those with travel interests through northern and central Iowa should monitor later forecasts for updates as an expansion of the advisory and warning areas remains possible. …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches. Higher amounts possible in Emmet County.

* WHERE…North central Iowa.

* WHEN…From 9 AM Friday to 6 AM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Storm Watch

Areas Affected: Allamakee; Chickasaw; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)

…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT…

* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches possible.

* WHERE…Portions of southwest into central Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.

* WHEN…Friday afternoon through late Friday night.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

 

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Mark Pitz

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