WINTER STORM HEADING THIS WAY
(Des Moines) The National Weather Service says a potent two-part winter storm system is expected to impact Southwest Iowa over the next couple of days. Jeff Johnson from the National Weather Service in Des Moines says light snow is expected to arrive as early as this afternoon with total accumulation of an inch or two. There is going to be a break in the action before the system intensifies and heads northeast.
“The center of low pressure center is expected to move to Eastern Missouri and the Ohio Valley Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday. That puts southwest Iowa on the backside of this storm with total snow accumulation of 3-to-6-inches in Western Iowa."
Johnson says in addition to the snow, 30-mile per hour winds will make matters worse. “Everybody knows what that means when we mix the wind and the snow and the cold we will see near blizzard conditions especially in the rural areas Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.”
Johnson says the heaviest part of the snow will be southeast of the area and into Missouri, Southeast Iowa, Illinois and that area.
He adds, the storm exists the area Wednesday followed by frigid temperatures. Highs will be zero to five above with wind chill's 15 to 20 below zero. However, after that Johnson says temperatures will moderate quite nicely to near 30 degrees by Friday..