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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
550 PM CST Mon Jan 22 2018

The main story for today has been the blizzard conditions in
northwestern Iowa that started early this morning and have lasted
throughout the afternoon. Through the late evening, a few localized
reports of 12 inches of snow have been recorded, with several reports
in northwest Iowa of 8 to 10 inches of snowfall. Visibility has been
well less than one-eighth of a mile, with wind gusts of 40 miles per
hour. Travel has been extremely hazardous to near impossible. In
northwestern and northern Iowa, temperatures have been in the upper
20s. As of the early evening, Doppler radar continues to indicate snow
showers in northwestern Iowa, with several heavy bands that been
reduced visibility to one-quarter mile or less. In the rest of the
state, central, southern, and eastern Iowa have seen quite a bit of
rain, with totals ranging from one-half inch to nearly 2 inches of
rain. High temperatures outside of areas with the heavy snow and
blizzard conditions reached the upper 30s this afternoon.

The Great Plains have been hit hard with snow. Blizzard conditions
have extended from western Kansas, through central Nebraska, and into
central Minnesota. The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region has
remained on the warm side of this system, with several severe
thunderstorms reported.

For the rest of this evening, heavy snow will continue in northwestern
Iowa, but will be winding down as the evening progresses toward
midnight. Temperatures will not drastically drop in northwestern Iowa,
with lows in the upper teens to lower 20s. Wind gusts could still
result in some blowing snow, and possible visibility reduction. Even
after precipitation ends in northwest Iowa, travel could still be
dangerous. For central Iowa, mixed precipitation will begin to move
in for most of the evening. Freezing rain could make for hazardous
travel after 10 PM, and may present a few problems for the Tuesday
morning rush hour. The rain will eventually transition to a few snow
flurries or light showers. However, for central Iowa, snow
accumulations will not be much if any. Temperatures will be in the mid
20s overnight.



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