December 11, 2010 by staff
National Weather Service meteorologists expect blizzard conditions to the northern third of the state with all of 5.5 inches of snow accumulate north of U.S. Highway 20.
Strong winds with gusts exceeding 35 mph are expected to churn the visibility of freshly fallen snow and fall to one quarter mile or less.
A blizzard warning is in effect in Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright and Franklin counties until midnight.
Eastern Iowa is also on alert. Quad Cities forecasters expect up to 5 inches of snow and blowing faster than 60 mph.
Central Iowa and Des Moines area should be slightly better with accumulations of about an inch in the capital to 1.8 inches north of Ames.
Rain and falling temperatures are expected to precede the snow and wind on the subway with the first drops fall shortly after 3 hours of rain should turn to snow at noon, and winds to 15 mph should seek gusting up 37 mph.
“Central Iowa can not see much snow that the northern part of the state, but what we see snow is blowing around and keeping the visibility between a half mile and two miles,” said Roger Vachalek, meteorologist Weather Service in Johnston.
Today’s high should be about 30 degrees and the temperature will fall during the day by 17 to 15 hours and zero in on Sunday night. Wind chill could be as cold as 15 degrees below zero.
Some central Iowans may experience sudden, severe pain in the neck by hitting the forecast, especially given the temperatures climbed into the mid-50s Friday. This is a common condition in the state known as whiplash weather.
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