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Monday, December 19, 2022

Winter Storm Threatening Holiday Travel Safety

Forecasters are calling for light snowfall early this week but more severe weather as we get closer to Christmas Day. Cory Martin at the National Weather Service says we should see about an inch of snow on Monday. 

“It looks more like the nuisance variety with generally an inch or less of accumulation to be expected. There could be pockets out in western Iowa that could get up to two inches but for the most part you really just want to be on the lookout for some slick roadways, particularly around the evening commute,” said Martin. 

A powerful winter storm is expected to impact the entire Midwest region on Thursday and a Winter Storm Watch will last until at least Christmas Eve on Saturday. Martin says the dangers include blizzard conditions and wind chills that could cause frostbite quickly.

“When it comes to the blizzard term it’s all about wind and blowing snow. It can render travel from dangerous to almost impossible. The potential for a blizzard and very difficult travel conditions mixed with extreme wind chill can be a dangerous combination should you get stranded,” said Martin. 

He says people who are traveling for the holidays should keep a sharp eye on the latest forecast and be prepared to change their plans.

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