Winter Storm pushed further east than expected, in Iowa

News, Weather

November 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has dropped portions of the KJAN listening area out of the Winter Weather Advisory it issued Tuesday. The Advisory remains in effect until 9-a.m., otherwise removed, for: Adair, Adams, Guthrie, Dallas, Madison, Union, Taylor and Ringgold Counties.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS…MIXED AT TIMES WITH RAIN. EXPECT THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL RATES AND ACCUMULATION FROM THROUGH 6 AM CST…BEFORE TAPERING OFF BY MID MORNING WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…A BAND OF 3 TO 5 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW IS EXPECTED…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN SOME LOCATIONS…UP TO 6 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED FROM NEAR CRESTON TO NEAR DES MOINES TO NEAR  MARSHALLTOWN IN THE EAST.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…STRONG NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 25  MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS OVER 30 MPH MAY LEAD TO VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AT TIMES…MAINLY WHILE SNOW IS FALLING  OVERNIGHT.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLICK IN SPOTS AND WILL LEAD TO HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. PARTICULAR CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED WITH THIS BEING THE FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON. THE MORNING COMMUTE MAY BE IMPACTED BY THE  SNOWFALL.