National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1227 PM CDT Sat Mar 24 2018
...Low Visibilities and Intense Heavy Wet Snow Making Travel Extremely Hazardous Travel This Morning...
.Significant snowfall will continue over north central into
northeast Iowa through early afternoon. Intense snowfall rates
will reduce visibilities down to near zero at times. Winds will
gust to near 30 mph causing areas of blowing snow and further
reducing visibilities. Snow will be wet and very heavy, with power
outages already reported and tree limb damage possible. Roof
collapse is a possibility on older or flat roof buildings due to
the weight of the wet heavy snow. When removing snow, push dont
lift the snow and take caution not to over exert oneself.
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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, Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton,
Parkersburg, Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison,
Dumont, Waverly, Fort Dodge, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora,
Ackley, Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, Wellsburg,
Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Ames, Marshalltown, Tama, Toledo, Traer,
Dysart, Gladbrook, and Grinnell
1227 PM CDT Sat Mar 24 2018
* WHAT...Heavy wet snow to continue into the early afternoon
hours. Snowfall rates will begin to lessen through the afternoon
hours. Total snow accumulations in the heaviest region of snow
from near Forest City to Mason City to Waterloo of 14 to 18
inches, with locally higher amounts possible. Total snow
amounts from Estherville to Algona to Fort Dodge and Tama of 10
to 14 inches. Lighter amounts of 6 to 10 inches near Ames and
Marshalltown to Grinnell.
* WHERE...North Central into Northeast and East Central Iowa.
* WHEN...Until 4 PM CDT this afternoon.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Extremely difficult travel conditions are
present and are expected to continue into the afternoon hours.
Tow bands are in effect and travel is not advisory in spots. Be
prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Tree
branches and power lines may be downed from heavy, wet snow.
Flat roofs may collapse from the weight of the heavy wet snow.
Snow will be difficult to move and caution is advised with snow
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet
and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest
road conditions for the state you are calling from can be
obtained by calling 5 1 1.