A winter storm has ripped through Iowa overnight, and it shows no signs of pumping the brakes. Heavy and blowing snow will continue throughout the day, with additional snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches predicted. Winds out of the Northeast as high as 40mph today.
Blizzard conditions are forecasted for this evening through Saturday morning with 50mph winds. Dangerously cold wind chills are possible, with wind chills as low as 40 below zero.
Isolated power outages are possible with gusty winds potentially taking down tree branches.
Later this weekend and early into next week, dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as ten minutes. Common sense would tell you to move to a warmer environment if you, or somebody else, is exposed to the great freezing outdoors.
Do not try to be a hero today by heading into work. Stay home and off the roads if possible and be safe. Always keep a coat, hat, and gloves, in your vehicle in case you get stuck. Having a winter emergency travel kit is recommended if you need to travel today.
- The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
*Radio station snow totals at 5:30am, Friday, January 12th: 11.5 inches.*