(Des Moines) The Western half of Iowa will be under a Wind Advisory from noon today until 6:00 p.m. Thursday. The eastern half of the state is under a Winter Weather Advisory from 9:00 p.m. this evening until midnight Thursday.
Forecasters say a cold front will move through Western Iowa this afternoon with increasing winds between noon and 3:00 p.m. and will prevail through Thursday. Northwest winds of 25-35 mph can be expected with this front.
According to the National Weather Service parts of eastern Iowa could see 2-4 inches of snow starting tonight. Winds will increase out of the northwest this afternoon and increase to 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph tonight and into Thursday morning.
Snowfall accumulations are expected to range from an inch or two for areas southwest of a line from Marengo Iowa to Macomb, Illinois. Forecasters are predicting 2-4 inches of snow northeast of that line. Wind chill readings are expected to drop into the single digits.
January 11, 2012