Blizzard Warning Expanded to include all of western/sw Iowa

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December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT &   PAGE-
1131 AM CST WED DEC 19 2012

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST THURSDAY...
…WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST THURSDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

LIGHT SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO THE AREA BY LATE AFTERNOON OR EARLY THIS EVENING. THE SNOW COULD BE PRECEDED BY A PERIOD OF LIGHT RAIN OR A WINTRY MIX… ESPECIALLY SOUTHEAST OF COUNCIL BLUFFS…WHICH COULD DELAY THE WORST CONDITIONS UNTIL MID-EVENING. THE SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY THEN THROUGH LATE EVENING.

WINDS WILL BECOME NORTHEAST AT 15 TO 25 MPH BY EARLY EVENING AND THEN INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH OR HIGHER TOWARD AND AFTER MIDNIGHT. ALTHOUGH VISIBILITIES WILL DROP AS THE HEAVY SNOW DEVELOPS…THEY ARE EXPECTED TO DROP TO NEAR ZERO AS THE WINDS INCREASE.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 7 TO 11 INCHES ARE LIKELY.

THE VERY STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY SNOW WILL CREATE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND POTENTIALLY CLOSE ROADS. WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY AND TRAVEL COULD BECOME IMPOSSIBLE.