Snow falling in central Iowa
GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M STACEY HORST. WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON TODAY’S WEATHER SITUATION. IT’S FOUR O’CLOCK. THE SNOW HAS BEEN STEADILY ACROSS PARTS OF OUR STATE FOR SEVERAL HOURS PLACES LIKE HUMBOLDT IN NORTH CENTRAL, IOWA WHO HAVE ALREADY SEEN MORE THAN FIVE INCHES OF SNOW CHIEF METEOROLOGIST. CHRIS GLONINGER HAS BEEN TRACKING TSHI SYSTEM FOR DAYS CHRIS. WHAT’S THE LATEST FOR US RIGHT NOW? IT’S COMING DOWN THROUGH THE METRO IN AREAS TO THE NORTH AND EAST ESPECIALLY FROM OSKALOOSA ALL THEAY W UP TO ALGONA SOME A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE SNOWFALL AMOUNTS. ETH RAINSTONE LINE DROPPING SOUTH LITTLE SLOWER THAN WE BUT I THINK WE MAKE FOR THAT AS WE GO THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS THAT COLD AIR CESOM CRASHING IN. THIS IS THE STORM SYSTEM THE BACK EDGE NEAR THE TWIN CITIES. IT’S DROPPING SOUTH AND WE HAVE THIS INFLUX AND MOISTURE TTHA KEEPS THE SNOW GOING IT’S BEEN FILLING IN DRAMATICALLY JUST OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS EVERYTHING TAKING SHAPEND A EVOLVING JUST LIKE WE HAD ANTICIPATED AGAIN A LITTLE BIT SLOWER A LITTLE BIT WARMER. THOSE ARE THE ONLY TWO ISSUES THAT WE’VE BEEN DEALING WITH HERE. TEST DES MOINES YOU CAN SEE SOME LARGE FLAKES. THERE WAS A SNOW PLOW THAT JUST MADE A PASS OFF OF THIS ROAD INTO THE PARKING LOT GETTING IT DOWN TO PAVEMENT, BUT EVEN THE MAIN ROADS THERE ARE STARTING TO GET SNOW. ACROSS THE REGION WITH TEMPERATURES THAT ARE SLOWLY DROPPING DOWN TO 33 DEGREES IN EAST WIND AT 14 DROPS THE WIND CHILL TO 23 DEGREES SNOWFALL REPORTS ALREADY ALGONA 7 INF O ACCUMULATION HUMBOLDT AT FIVE AIMS AND PORTIONS OF WRIGHT COUNTY AT FROU INCHES AIMS AT THREE INCHES AND COUNTING THAT SNOW CONTINUING TO FILL IN THAT RAIN. SO LINE WILL DROP SOUTH DOWN TOWARDS THE MISSOURI STATE LINE SNOW INTENSITY PICKING UP THUGROH SIX O’CLOCK 7 8 O’CLOCK THESE DARKER SHADES OF BLUE THAT GO FROM STORY CITY AND AMES DOWN THROUGH ANKENY AND DES MOINES TOU THROUGH WAUKEE AND ADEL DOWN THROUGH INDIANOLA. THAT’S NO CONTINUING. NINE O’CLOCK 10 O’CLOCK AND THEN NOTICE BY 11 AND MIDNIGHT THAT BACK EDGE BEGINS TO DROP SOUTH. I THINK MOSTLY ACCUMULATIONS ARE DONEY B ONE OR TWO CLOCK IN THE MORNING IF YOU DO THE MATH, THAT’S ANOTHER 10 HOURS OF ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS THE AREA. THAT’S HOW I THINK WE GET TO THESE TOTALS. THIS IS ADDITIONAL SNOW AGAIN ANOTHER THREE TO SIX INCHES PUTS US OVER A FOOT UP TOWARDS ALGONA FOR EXAMPLE INTO MARSHALLTOWN. WE’VE HAD WELL OVER FOUR INCHES OF ACCUMULATION DOWN TOWARDS OS AS WELL SIX TO NINE. WE’RE REALLY HASN’T MADE THE SWITCH TO SNOW OR THE SNOW STARTED ONLY WITHIN AN HOUR OR TWO AND THEN AMOUNTS A LITTLE BIT LOWER BECAUSE OF THE RAIN DOWN ACROSS THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE STATE AND THEN TO THE EAST ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY. IT’S BEEN TOO DRY THERE FOR US TO SEE ANY SIGNIFICANT SNOW. SO STACY WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS IN A MUCH MORE AT FIVE O’CLOCK. THANKS, CHRIS IOWA STATE PATROL AND THE DES MOINES POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE REPORTING A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC PROBLEMS TOWING. NOT RECOMMENDED MUCH OF OUR KCCI VIEWING AREA. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE ROADS ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OFHE T METRO. THIS IS OUR DOT CAMERA AT US 65 AT UNIVERSITY AVENUE. YOU SEE THERE IS SNOW ON THE ROADS TRAFFIC AT THIS POINT SEEMS TO BE BE FAIRLY SMOOTH AND ALSO PRETTY SPARSE WHICH IS PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA. NOW. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE ROAD CONDITIONS STATEWIDE YOU SEE WHERE THE WEATHER IS MAKING AN IMPACT HERE ALL THE GREEN ON URYO MAP ON THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE STATE IS A NORMAL WINTER DRIVING CONDITION. MISSIONS THE BLUE ON THE MAP INDICATE ROADS THAT ARE PARTIALLY COVERED AND UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE SOME PLACES ON THEAP M HERE THAT ARE PINK AND THAT MEANS COMPLETELY COVERED. SO BE CAREFUL OUT THERE METEOROLOGISTS. ANNE CAMPOLONGO IS IN STORM CHASER. SHE’S ON THE RDSOA TO GIVE YOU A STREET LEVEL VIEW OF CONDITIONS. SO ANNE, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING RIGHT NOW? YES, STACY. WE ARE IN THE STORM CHASER HERE AND ARE ON 235 HEADDE EAST? WE’RE JUST PASSING THE CAPITOL HERE. I’LL SWITCH YOU OVER TO THE ROOF SO YOU CANEE S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE OUTSIDE THE STORM CHASER. YOU’RE LOOKING TO THE BACK OF OUR VEHICLE SO YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE WEATHER INSTRUMENTS ON THE TOP BUT SO FAR AS YOU’VE MENTIONED THE ROADS ARE LIKE THE TRAFFIC IS MOVING. PRETTY STEADILY, AT LEAST WHAT WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR ON 235 EAST WE’RE KIND OF PANNING AROUND NOW AND YOU CAN SEE SNOW IS COLLECTING ON THE GRASSY SURFACES ROADWAYS FOR THE MOST PART ARE PRETTY SLUSHY OUTSIDE AND WHEN WE HAVE THE CAMERA FACING THE FRONT, ALL THE SNOW AND SLUSH STARTS TO COLLECT ON THE CAMERA LENS, UNFORTUNATELY, SO THAT’S ALL WE KEEP IT FACED TO THE BACK, BUT WE’VE GOT THREE LANES OF TRAFFIC HERE ALL THREE LANES MOVING PRETTY WELL AT THIS POINT. WE’VE SEEN A FEW SNOW PLOWS ACROSS THE AREA AS WELL. THEY’RE DOING A GOOD JOB AT LEAST FOR NOW OF KEEPING UP WITH ATWH WE’RE SEEING ON THE INTERSTATES. WE’VE GOTTEN OFF ON A FEW EXITS AND THOSE SIDE ROADS AND EXIT RAMPS. NOT IN THE BEST CONDITION BUT VISIBILITY IS ANOTHER ISSUE OUT HERE. WE’RE DOWN TO ABOUT A HALF A MILE VISIBILITY HERE IN DES MOINES, AND I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE BIGGER ISSUES WHEN DRIVING IN THE SNOW ROADS FOR THE MOST PART JUST WET AND SLUSHY, BUT YOU IT’S HARD TO SEE AS YOU HDEA IF YOU LOOK OUT FURTHER ON THE ROADWAYS THERE VISIBILITY ABOUT HALF A MILE REHE IN DES MOINES, SO WE’VE GOT FOG WE’VE GOT SNOW. AND THISNG AS CHRIS MENTIONED ONLY TO GET WORSE HERE IS WE HAD THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS AND EARLY EVENING HOURS AS WELL. SO WE WILL OUT HERE ALL NIGHT TONIGHT WILL GIVE YOU A LIVE OKLO COMING UP ON THE FIVE AND SIX O’CLOCK NEWS ON KCCI OF WHAT THE ROADWAYS ARE LIKEND A WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED HERE STACEY AND GREAT INFORMATION. THANKS SO MUCH. SO FOLKS IF YOU CAN STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL, PLEASE BE SAFE COMING UP ON KCCI 8 NEWS AT FIVE. WE WILL HAVE COMPLETE STORM TEAM COVERAGE OF TODAY’S STORM FROM TODD. UP IN AMES TO MARCUS MCINTOSH DOWN IN INDIANOLA. WE’LL SEE YOU AT FIVE
Snow falling in central Iowa
Interactive Radar | Weather Alerts | Latest condition updates hereLatest condition updates hereAll of central Iowa is under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Saturday, while the eastern and western edges of the state are under a winter weather advisory until 3 a.m. Saturday.More than 100 central Iowa schools have announced delays or closures Friday. Check Closings for the latest updates.The Iowa Department of Transportation has crews working to clear roads. Check 511ia.org before you travel.OVERVIEWA winter storm will produce nearly statewide 4+ inch snowfall, with many anticipated to see 6 to 10+ inches.Moderate winds will produce reduced visibilities and pockets of blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and rural areas.IMPACTSTravel will be very hazardous at times, especially as snowfall increases and roadways become snow-covered. The Friday evening commute will be impacted. Moderate winds will reduce visibilities due to blowing snow.Closely monitor the forecast if you have travel plans with difficult travel conditions expected.Download the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App to stay ahead of changing weather conditions.Share your snow photos with us.FORECASTToday: Snow likely. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches.Tonight: Snow. Winds will be gusty at times this evening. Low 11F. Winds NE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 100%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.Tomorrow: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 16F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.Tomorrow Night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low -3F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Latest condition updates here
All of central Iowa is under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Saturday, while the eastern and western edges of the state are under a winter weather advisory until 3 a.m. Saturday.
More than 100 central Iowa schools have announced delays or closures Friday. Check Closings for the latest updates.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has crews working to clear roads. Check 511ia.org before you travel.
- A winter storm will produce nearly statewide 4+ inch snowfall, with many anticipated to see 6 to 10+ inches.
- Moderate winds will produce reduced visibilities and pockets of blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and rural areas.
- Travel will be very hazardous at times, especially as snowfall increases and roadways become snow-covered.
- The Friday evening commute will be impacted.
- Moderate winds will reduce visibilities due to blowing snow.
- Closely monitor the forecast if you have travel plans with difficult travel conditions expected.
Download the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App to stay ahead of changing weather conditions.
- Today: Snow likely. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches.
- Tonight: Snow. Winds will be gusty at times this evening. Low 11F. Winds NE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 100%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.
- Tomorrow: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 16F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.
- Tomorrow Night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low -3F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.