The National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Johnston have issued a winter storm watch for the Perry area from Monday morning until late Monday, with 5-10 inches of snow and wind gusts to 35 mph forecast.
The NWS said three winter systems will impact Iowa through midweek, with the first two, and especially second, the most significant. The first storm front will produce light to moderate snow across central and northern Iowa Saturday night, with areas of freezing drizzle overnight.
A second and larger winter storm will follow Monday, with widespread moderate to heavy snows across central and southern Iowa. A third, weaker system is also anticipated late Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
Travel could be very difficult, the NWS said . Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could especially impact the Monday evening commute.
Along with Dallas County, Iowa counties in the winter storm watch include Polk, Jasper, Poweshiek, Cass, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Adams, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose and Davis.
Along with Perry, cities in the winter storm watch include Waukee, Adel, Des Moines, Newton, Grinnell, Atlantic, Greenfield, Stuart, Adair, Fontanelle, Winterset, Earlham, Indianola, Norwalk, Carlisle, Pella, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Corning, Creston, Osceola, Chariton, Albia, Ottumwa, Bedford, Lenox, New Market, Mount Ayr, Lamoni, Leon, Corydon, Seymour, Allerton, Humeston, Centerville and Bloomfield.
ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.