A potent surface low will dig into the high plains later Wednesday setting the stage for a risk of rain, snow and strong north/northwest winds for Iowa. Given mild high temperatures on Wednesday, the current expectations are for rain to work in across the state Thursday morning. The frontal zone will arrive by late Thursday morning in northwest Iowa which will start the process of rain changing over to wet snow. This will continue through the entire state as the front advances to the east later Thursday afternoon through the evening. In addition, strong north/northwest winds sustained 15-30 MPH with gusts 30-50 MPH are likely later Thursday overnight into Friday. The Iowa Storm Center snow model continues to peg numbers that are likely in the advisory criteria. The key with this system will be how quick phasing can take place which will affect snowfall amounts greatly.
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