NWS advisories in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday

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The National Weather Service (NWS) in Des Moines has issued a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Thursday and a wind chill advisory until 9 a.m. Friday for the Perry area and throughout central Iowa.

An Arctic cold front will drop through Iowa today and bring strong northwest winds to the state. Sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph with gusts over 40 mph are expected.

Areas of blowing snow are expected to significantly reducing visibility at times, especially in rural areas, in addition to impacting road conditions with drifting. The morning or evening commutes could be impacted, the NWS said.

Temperatures will fall through the day Thursday and, combined with the winds, will create very low wind chills of 20 to 35 below zero over much of Iowa by late Thursday afternoon and falling further into Friday morning.

The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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