Two rounds of winter weather this weekend — icy conditions possible tonight, blizzard conditions possible Saturday night into Sunday
February 22, 2019 6:30AM CST
...Freezing Ice Tonight Followed By Potential Blizzard Conditions Saturday Evening Into Sunday... .We are looking at two separate wintry weather impact events across portions of Iowa. The impact for tonight into Saturday morning will be freezing ice potential. The location of the greatest icing potential may shift slightly, so this advisory may be more "dynamic" than most advisories typically are. Winds should be light during this event, so impacts will be precipitation- driven. A more potent system will impact Iowa Saturday evening Into Sunday. As much colder air moves into Iowa Saturday evening, precipitation will change over to all snow, potentially heavy at times. A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to set up across portions of western, central and northern Iowa with this system. There may be tight gradient on the north and south sides of this narrow band of snow. Strong and gusty northwest to west winds to increase across the state Saturday night through Sunday. This will cause areas of blowing snow and potentially near-blizzard conditions especially in rural areas. IAZ004>007-015>017-023-024-232300- /O.EXT.KDMX.WS.A.0004.190223T2100Z-190225T0000Z/ Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Palo Alto-Hancock-Cerro Gordo- Pocahontas-Humboldt- Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City, Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, Clear Lake, Pocahontas, Laurens, Rolfe, Fonda, Gilmore City, and Humboldt 407 AM CST Fri Feb 22 2019 ...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. * WHERE...Northwestern to north-central Iowa. * WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Watch for blizzard conditions means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous.