BLIZZARD WARNING for Cerro Gordo, Winnebago, Hancock, Wright, Franklin until 6:00 PM
January 18, 2020 7:40AM CST
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Des Moines IA 314 AM CST Sat Jan 18 2020 ...Blizzard Conditions in Northern Iowa Today... .Potent northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gust to 45 to 50 mph are anticipated this morning and throughout much of the day today over northern Iowa. Light snow is also anticipated and with the fresh snow pack from Friday`s snowfall, widespread blowing snow is forecast and blizzard conditions are expected over northern Iowa. Further south, winds are forecast to be slightly less but still can expect gusts to 40 to 45 mph at times. Significant blowing and drifting snow is anticipated and near whiteout conditions may occur, especially in rural areas. In addition to the major visibility restrictions, temperatures will drastically drop throughout the day and with the potent winds, dangerously cold wind chill values well below zero are likely by this afternoon and evening. IAZ006-016-017-025-026-036-037-047-048-181715- /O.EXA.KDMX.BZ.W.0001.200118T1200Z-200119T0000Z/ /O.EXT.KDMX.WS.W.0002.000000T0000Z-200118T1200Z/ Winnebago-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Wright-Franklin-Hamilton-Hardin- Boone-Story- Including the cities of Forest City, Lake Mills, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, Clear Lake, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley, Boone, and Ames 314 AM CST Sat Jan 18 2020 ...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST EARLY THIS MORNING... ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Areas of freezing drizzle to switch to light snow when the strong northwest winds begin by around sunrise. Then blizzard conditions are expected, especially in rural areas from wind gusts to 40 to 50 mph for much of the day. * WHERE...Northern Iowa. * WHEN...This morning through the afternoon hours today. * IMPACTS...Treacherous travel conditions from the already snow and ice packed roads and then the blustery northwest winds causing major visibility restrictions. Gusty winds may damage tree limbs and power lines and lead to power outages. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures will drop drastically today and dangerously cold wind chill values are anticipated by this afternoon and tonight. Tow bans remain in effect for several counties in the warning. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.