(Des Moines) A major Winter Storm is expected to move into Southwest Iowa Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of Southwest and West Central Iowa from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.
Forecasters say snow is expected along and north of Atlantic through Boone to Waterloo line. Rain is expected in southern Iowa south of Bedford to an Oskaloosa line. In between…a rain and snow mix is expected. This precipitation will change to all snow late Wednesday evening before ending Thursday morning.
A total of 6-to8-inches of snow is expected in the watch area. Local amounts of up to 10 inches will be very possible with drifts even higher.
Winds will become very strong Wednesday night from the north, northwest. Sustained winds of 25-to-33 miles per hour are expected with gust over 45-miles per hour possible. The strongest winds are expected a few hours prior to daybreak through noon on Thursday. Blizzard conditions or near blizzard conditions may occur with visibilities reduced below one quarter of a mile from time to time.
The National Weather Service says very dangerous conditions are expected to develop on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Be prepared for very difficult travel and near blizzard conditions.
December 18, 2012