(Des Moines) A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for much of southwest and western Iowa in effect from Thursday morning through Friday morning.
Those counties include; Audubon, Guthrie, Crawford, Carroll, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Taylor, Ringgold, Pottawattamie, Harrison, Mills, Fremont, Page, and Montgomery County.
Forecasters say snow will move into southwest Iowa by sunrise Thursday and spread northeast into central Iowa by mid to late morning and to northeast Iowa in the early afternoon.
Snow accumulations will range from 5-to-10 inches with local amounts up to 12-inches. The heaviest snow will fall west of Interstate 35.
Easterly winds will increase to 15-to-25 miles per hour and gusty on Thursday, then diminish by late Thursday night. Snowfall of 1-to-2 inches per hour during the period of strongest winds will reduce visibility to ¼ of a mile or less for a period of several hours.
Conditions will deteriorate rapidly as the snow moves in. At the onset, visibility will fall to under ½ mile within 15 minutes or so. Travel will become hazardous due to poor visibility and the roads becoming icy and snow clogged.
February 19, 2013