A clipper system will slide through the area on Friday with strong winds and snow showers so read on for the details…
Our next storm system will pass through on Friday with a cold front that will sweep through the state. This will ignite a risk for strong northwest winds across the entire state. The wind gust levels will generally be 3-5 on my wind intensity scale which is between advisory and warning criteria. I have issued a Wind Advisory with warning wording for the entire state starting daybreak Friday and will go until Friday evening as the gusty winds will decrease later in the evening. If you are in the pink shaded zones prepare for warning type gusts and high profile vehicle roll-over being possible. In addition to the strong winds, a few scattered sprinkles or brief showers can’t be ruled out ahead of the front in west central and northwest Iowa late tonight/early Friday morning.
Then by later Friday morning and through the afternoon the focus will turn to northeast Iowa for scattered snow showers. This activity should be fairly light and will wain by later Friday evening as the system will move east of the state.
Iowa Storm Center Wind Gust Intensity Scale –
Level 6. Damage may occur to buildings and trees. Power outages possible. High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Likely. Do NOT recommend traveling in this zone.
Level 5. Some trees are broken, building damage possible. High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Likely. HIGH WIND WARNING CRITERIA
Level 4. Slight damage may occur to trees/buildings. High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Possible.
Level 3. Small branches may break, walking is difficult.
Level 2. Large trees sway, becoming difficult to walk. WIND ADVISORY CRITERIA
Level 1. Small trees sway, breezy
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