(Atlantic) A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for most of southwest and western Iowa until 6:00 o'clock Sunday morning. The warning includes the entire region with the exception of Fremont, Page, Taylor and Ringgold counties in southwest Iowa. Those named counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory through 6 a.m. Sunday.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines is predicting 4 to 8 inches of snow with locally heavier amounts possible over western Iowa. Northeast winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with a few higher gusts will cause visibility restrictions and drifting of snow today and tonight.
The heavy snow will make travel dangerous across the warned area. The falling snow combined with strong winds will lead to reduced visibilities. Roads will become slippery as the wet snow freezes to the pavement.
A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means that severe winter weather conditions are expected or are occurring. The National Weather Service says this will make travel dangerous so only travel in an emergency. However, if you must go our keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case you become stranded.
According to the latest Iowa DOT road report, all the roads in the Winter Storm or Winter Weather Advisory area are partially or completely covered with snow or ice at this hour.
To check out the latest road condition report log onto www.511ia.org.
February 4, 2012