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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Winter Storm Set to Wreak Havoc on West Central Iowa

Winter Storm Set to Wreak Havoc on West Central Iowa

A winter storm is set to wreak havoc on much of the state of Iowa this week. Meteorologist Brad Small from the National Weather Service Office in Des Moines says snow will start midday Wednesday.

“The snow is going to be overnight through tonight, there'll be intermittent snow,” Small said. “Then it'll be done by daybreak.

Small says that daybreak Thursday is also when the winds will pick up.

“That will do two things,” Small said. “That'll make for areas of blowing snow, possibly blizzard conditions and open areas with gusts 30-40 MPH, maybe even higher.”

Snow totals should be between 3 and 6 inches here locally. Temperatures are also expected to drop overnight Wednesday. 

“It'll also drop the wind chills significantly, we're looking at temperatures Thursday night lows will be in the single digits teens below zero with wind chills around 40 below zero,” Small said. 

Small says it's rare to get temperatures this low, coupled with snow and heavy winds and it'll be very hazardous on the roads. 

“That's the main hazard with this storm, it's not the snow falling by itself, it's the aftermath with this snow,” Small said. 

In West Central Iowa, including Crawford and surrounding counties, there's a Winter Storm Warning in effect Wednesday night through Saturday Morning. 

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