Winter Storm Watch:
Issued at: 3:29 PM CST 2/27/07, expires at: 11:30 PM CST 2/27/07
Winter storm watch in effect from Wednesday morning through friday morning,
The NWS in des moines has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from Wednesday morning through friday morning.
Snow will likely develop across the region Wednesday morning, and mix with or change to freezing rain and sleet south of highway 3 by afternoon. There is the potential for ice accumulations of one quarter to one third inch near and south of highway 3 through wednesday evening. Snowfall through Wednesday evening will range between 1 and 4 inches, with the greatest amounts close to the minnesota border.
There will be a brief break in the precipitation Wednesday night before snow, heavy at times, and increasing wind develop across the region Thursday morning. It is very possible that much of northern iowa will experience near blizzard conditions Thursday afternoon and evening with west to northwest winds 15 to 25 mph and frequent gusts over 35 mph, causing near zero visibility and blowing and drifting snow. Preliminary storm total snowfall by Friday morning is 6 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts.
Although the snowfall will be lighter on Friday, continued strong west to northwest winds will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow.
A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. With the potential hazards of heavy ice and snow accumulations, compounded by increasing winds, additional power outages as the result of downed trees and power lines is a distinct possibility. Details of the storm will be refined over the next 24 to 48 hours. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
It would be very nice to not have this happen, but I am realistic.
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