(Des Moines) A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for most of Southwest Iowa from Friday evening through late Saturday night.
The National Weather Service says a mix of rain and snow will develop over the area Friday evening before switching over to all snow past midnight into the early morning hours Saturday. The heaviest snowfall accumulations are likely to occur Saturday morning through early Saturday afternoon, before the snow begins to diminish Saturday evening.
Forecasters say the area is expected to receive 4-to-7-inches of snow across the watch area by Saturday evening.
Besides the heavy snowfall, northeast winds are expected to cause travel problems. Forecasters are predicting wind speeds of 20-30-miles per hour with possibly higher gusts causing significant visibility restrictions and drifting of snow on Saturday and Saturday night.
February 2, 2012