Freezing Rain Advisory, Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 8:25 PM CST on December 19, 2013
... Freezing Rain Advisory remains in effect until 6 am CST
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Saturday evening
through Sunday afternoon...
* timing... Freezing Rain Advisory... drizzle and freezing drizzle
will continue spreading north this evening over central Iowa.
Light rain and light drizzle southeast of the Des Moines Metro
will gradual change to freezing precipitation later this
* Timing... Winter Storm Watch... a wintry mix of precipitation is
expected to overspread portions of central and south central
Iowa late Saturday afternoon. The precipitation will change to
all snow late Saturday evening... and linger into Sunday. Gusty
northwest winds will bring the potential for blowing snow as
well late night into Sunday.
* Storm total snow/ice accumulations... for the advisory... ice
accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch are expected
with a dusting of snow possible north of Interstate 80. For
the watch... light to moderate snow accumulations can be
expected Saturday night into Sunday across the watch area.
Light to moderate ice accumulations can be expected Saturday
evening across south central Iowa.
* Winds/visibility... for the watch... gusty north to northwest
winds will develop Saturday night into Sunday. Patchy blowing
snow could reduce visibilities further in addition to falling
* Impacts... the ice will primarily pose a hazard to travelers as
roads... sidewalks... and other surfaces will become slick.
Anyone planning to travel tonight should be very cautions and
monitor Road conditions closely.
A Freezing Rain Advisory means that periods of freezing rain or
freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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