Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA
AWUS83 KDMX 241102
Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
502 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017
It was quite an active night across Iowa with near severe
thunderstorms and a blizzard both ongoing at the same time. Clusters
of storms moved from southwest to northeast Iowa early this morning
often producing pea to dime sized hail. Hail accumulated to an inch in
just five minutes near Bayard. Farther north and west, blizzard
conditions were occurring along and northwest of a Storm Lake to Mason
City line. Snow accumulations reached three to six inches in these
locations with wind gusts to 35 or 40 mph producing near whiteout
conditions, especially in open, rural areas. This produced hazardous
travel conditions with tow bans in effect for many counties.
Although the heaviest snow as ended, intermittent light to moderate
snow will persist from Nebraska through Iowa into Minnesota and
Wisconsin where winds will remain strong and Blizzard Warnings will
stay in effect through the early evening. The weekend will be much
more tranquil however with fair weather and seasonal temperatures.
Lows should generally be in the teens and 20s with highs in the 20s
and 30s Saturday, and 30s and 40s Sunday.