A Winter storm watch has been issued across central and southern Iowa effective Monday through Tuesday for the potential of heavy snow and gusty winds. Read on for the details…
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A low pressure system will be centered over Oklahoma on Sunday and pushing northeast into Missouri during the day Monday. We will have to continue watching things as grids are trying to keep the wintry mix risk over the border into Missouri but it is something we will keep an eye on. So with that being said we may have a small window for a wintry mix across southern Iowa Monday morning but cold air should take over fairly quickly transitioning all precipitation over to heavy snow. The ISC Heavy Snow Model pinpoints an area generally southeast of Des Moines and this area will need to be watched closely over the next 24 hours. The system will be strong enough to bring gusty winds to the heavy snow zone areas. We will likely see wind gusts 30-40 MPH Monday afternoon/evening which will lead to greatly reduced visibilities during the storms stay. Snow should come to an end later Tuesday as the system presses east.
A second round of less robust snowfall is expected Wednesday state-wide. The snowfall accumulations with this one should be fairly light with perhaps a trace to at max a couple inches of snow accumulation.