Winter storm warning issued
A winter storm warning has been issued for Washington County. These storms can cause high winds, freezing rain, heavy snowfall and dangerous cold temperatures.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, a major winter storm is expected to impact the area Wednesday night, bringing the potential for heavy snow and very strong winds. Snowfall totals of six to 12 inches will be possible across much of east central Iowa into Northwest Illinois with strong northwest winds. This will result in near blizzard conditions, especially during the day Thursday.
Rain is expected to change to snow Wednesday evening, which will continue through late Thursday morning. The snow will be heavy at times with snowfall rate of over one inch per hour possible. Strong winds are expected to lead to snow drifts several feet deep. North winds will increase to 25 miles per hour Wednesday night with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour possible. On Thursday, winds will become northwest from 25 to 35 miles per hour with some gusts as high as 50 miles per hour.
The combination of snow and strong winds will result in blowing snow and areas of poor visibility. Visibilities may be reduced to below a quarter of a mile at times in open areas.
Temperatures will fall into the 20 and to the teens by Thursday afternoon. Wind chills may be as low as zero toward evening.
Driving conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly due to initial warm pavement temperatures. Roadways may become icy. Very strong winds and accumulating snow may lead to near blizzard conditions. Travel conditions will become dangerous and potentially life threatening.