After a couple of very nice February days, a storm system will move into Siouxland and bring some tough travel conditions to the area.
It looks like eastern Siouxland will get the worst of it and that is where a Blizzard Warning will be in effect from 9 am Thursday until 6 am Friday. The counties included are Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Calhoun. Expect 3-6 inches of snow in these areas but with the wind blowing the snow around we could see visibilities near zero for much of the day.
Crawford, Carroll, and Sac Counties are in a Winter Storm Warning from 9 am Thursday until 6 am Friday. Snowfall amounts may be a bit lighter and visibilities a bit better than the areas in the Blizzard Warning.
Then there will be a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Dickinson, Osceola, O’Brien, Clay, Cherokee, Buena Vista, and Ida counties Thursday from 6 am until midnight. And a separate Winter Weather Advisory for Madison, Stanton, Cuming, Thurston, Burt, Monona, Harrison, and Shelby counties from midnight until noon Thursday. These areas will likely see 1 to 3 inches of snow with the wind still playing a factor also.
Here’s a breakdown of the snowfall potential across the area.
Take it easy Thursday and try to avoid travel to the east as conditions will be worst in these areas across much of Iowa and into southern Minnesota. We’ll keep you updated with any changes on KTIV News 4.
Chief Meteorologist Ron Demers
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This post was written by rdemers on February 20, 2014