High winds, blowing snow bring blizzard conditions to Perry area

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The winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday, with blizzard and near-blizzard conditions in the Perry area, according to the Des Moines office of the National Weather Service (NWS).

Potent northwest winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gust to 45 to 50 mph, are anticipated throughout much of Saturday over northern and central Iowa. Light snow is also anticipated and with the fresh snow pack from Friday`s snowfall, widespread blowing snow
is forecast and blizzard conditions are expected over northern and central Iowa.

Significant blowing and drifting snow is anticipated and near whiteout conditions may occur, especially in rural areas. In addition to the major visibility restrictions, temperatures will drastically drop throughout the day.

The high winds will cause dangerously cold wind chill values well below zero by Saturday
afternoon and evening, the NWS said.

ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.

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