A blizzard warning for the Perry area is in effect from Midnight Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from the National Weather Service offices in Johnston.
Blizzard conditions and total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are forecast, with winds gusting as high as 45 mph over southwest and parts of central Iowa.
The first of two waves of wintry precipitation is moving into the state Thursday morning, with some limited impacts on morning commuters. The NWS said a short dry period in the late morning will give way to a second wave of precipitation moving through the state in the afternoon.
Snow accompanied by strong winds will create blizzard conditions over western Iowa and toward the I-35 corridor from Thursday night into Friday. Significant travel impacts with nearly impossible travel at times are expected. Snow will end Friday night, but travel impacts will linger.
Along with Dallas County, the blizzard warning applies to Guthrie, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Clarke, Taylor, Ringgold and Decatur counties.
Along with Perry, the cities of Guthrie Center, Panora, Bayard, Casey, Waukee, Adel, Atlantic, Greenfield, Stuart, Adair, Fontanelle, Winterset, Earlham, Corning, Creston, Osceola, Bedford, Lenox, New Market, Mount Ayr, Lamoni and Leon are under the blizzard warning.
ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.