Updated: January 18, 2020 05:29 AM
Created: January 18, 2020 05:28 AM
The NW wind will gust to and over 40-45 mph at times on Saturday, with a few places reaching the 50 mph range! And even though we are done with the snow by the time the wind picks up, travel will remain very difficult around the area, especially west of I-35, where BLIZZARD WARNINGS remain in place until 6 PM Saturday. A few of our north central Iowa communities are in the BLIZZARD WARNING, and I wouldn't be surprised if our south central Minnesota communities get included in it as well, later today. The rest of the First Alert Forecast Area remains under the WINTER STORM WARNING until 6 PM Saturday. Either way, blizzard or winter storm warning, travel will remain very difficult, especially as we get into the early afternoon hours and later. High profile vehicles will have the most difficulties, with slick roads and gusts over 45 mph at times. The blowing snow threat will be an issue for some, not all however,
ironically thanks to the light glaze of ice we picked up overnight. Locations that didn't see much, or any freezing drizzle will have blowing snow and visibility issues later on. Please drive with extra caution, allow extra time to and from your destinations, go slow, & put the survival kit in your vehicle. It's one of those days where if you don't have to do a lot, or any traveling, maybe don't. But if you do, please be very careful today!