Road conditions remain poor as snow wraps up Saturday morning
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The winter storm that brought snow to much of the area for much of Friday is beginning to wind down, but it will take some time before all of the precipitation ends.
A Winter Storm Warning continues for the entire area through Saturday morning. This means that significant disruptions to travel are expected in the warning area, with snow-covered roads likely for the remainder of tonight into at least the first half of Saturday.
Snow will likely continue until about 6:00 a.m. across most of the area. It will be light to moderate at times, with the heaviest snowfall rates taking place in our western counties. Winds will continue to be relatively strong at 15 to 25 mph out of the east and northeast, with occasional gusts to 30 mph or higher. This will cause some blowing and drifting of snow, making snow-related issues worse.
Road conditions will be hazardous for most of the night as road crews try to clear highways and streets. Expect more improvement once the sun comes up, allowing for temperatures to stabilize. Winds will also begin to relax a bit in the morning and afternoon, lessening the threat of blowing snow.
4 to 8 inches of snowfall is expected across the area, with some isolated higher totals possible. Early reports of snowfall so far put this forecast pretty much in line.
Colder air returns for the weekend, followed by a bit of a warm up at the start of the workweek. Another arctic air mass arrives on Wednesday to close out the week, with much below normal temperatures likely.
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