(Des Moines) A Blizzard Watch remains in effect for Audubon, Adair, Carroll, Crawford, and Guthrie Counties beginning Thursday morning through late Thursday night.
The National Weather Service says a wintry mix is expected to develop overnight and transition to snow Thursday morning and become heavy at times during the day. Strong northwest winds are forecast to develop Thursday afternoon and persist into the evening hours potentially creating blizzard conditions. However, with the lower snow amounts and little to no snow currently on the ground, confidence is lower for widespread blizzard conditions over west central Iowa.
According to the National Weather Service snowfall amounts vary from one inch in Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont, Page, and Montgomery Counties to three inch amounts for Cass and Audubon counties. Forecasters are predicting up to 4 inches of snow for Crawford and Carroll counties.
And the winds will cause visibility problems.After shifting to the northwest, they will quickly strengthen to 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts near 50 miles per hour possible by Thursday afternoon and evening.
February 19, 2014