The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Des Moines has issued a winter weather advisory for southern Iowa in effect from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday.
A storm system is forecast to affect the region into the weekend with light snowfall of long duration. The snow should begin during the evening hours Friday and continue most of Saturday. The highest snowfall totals are expected south of Highway 34 or generally along and south of Interstate 80.
Total snow accumulations of three to six inches are expected in the advisory area, with the highest totals nearer the Iowa Missouri border.
Travelers should plan on slippery and snow-covered road conditions, which could impact Friday evening travel as well as the Saturday morning commute. Motorists should use extra caution.
The winter weather advisory area may be expanded northward if the storm shifts north in the next 24 hours, the NWS said.
Along with Dallas County, the advisory area includes Polk, Jasper, Poweshiek, Cass, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Adams, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne, Appanoose and Davis counties.
Along with the Perry area, the advosry includes the cities of 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.
The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.