(Atlantic) A Winter Storm Watch that was issued Thursday afternoon for west Central and southwest Iowa has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning. The Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at midnight tonight through midnight Saturday. “
“The system has gotten a lot closer to us now and it looks like we are definitely going to get it,” stated Miles Schumacher, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. “We could see snow at a rate of an inch or two an hour at some point.”
Schumacher says the heaviest snow will be roughly from Lincoln, Nebraska through the Omaha area with the axis just to the north of Anita and Atlantic and northeast toward Ames. These areas are likely to see four-to-eight inches of snow. However, forecasters have downgraded winds speeds from what was predicted earlier.
The area counties in the Winter Storm Warning include; Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Guthrie, Audubon, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Adams, Union, Montgomery and Mills County.
February 3, 2012