The prospect of high winds and heavy snowfall has led the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Des Moines to issue a winter weather advisory for the Perry area from 6 a.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday.
Three to five inches of snow and up to one-tenth of an inch of ice are forecast, with winds gusting to 45 mph over central and south-central Iowa, according to the NWS.
Temperatures are expected to begin to fall Wednesday night, and blustery northwest winds will lead to bitterly cold wind chills of -20 to -25 degrees into Thursday morning across central Iowa.
Snow will start to fall Friday morning and might be heavy at times during the morning and afternoon hours before eventually transitioning into a period of light wintry mix or freezing rain.
Strong northwest winds will develop Saturday, leading to areas of blowing snow along with lingering light snowfall Saturday morning.
The highest snowfall accumulations will reach six inches in north central Iowa, with lesser
amounts of three to four inches farther south, according to the NWS.
Travelers should plan on slippery road conditions, with patchy blowing snow significantly reducing visibility. These hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commute on Friday.
Along with Dallas County, the winter storm watch includes Sac, Calhoun, Webster, Hamilton, Hardin, Grundy, Black Hawk, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Boone, Story, Marshall, Tama, Audubon, Guthrie, 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 Perry, the winter storm watch includes the cities of Sac City, Lake View, Odebolt, Wall Lake, Schaller, Early, Rockwell City, Manson, Lake City, Pomeroy, Fort Dodge, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley, Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, Wellsburg, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Denison, Carroll, Jefferson, Boone, Ames, Marshalltown, Tama, Toledo, Traer, Dysart, Gladbrook, Audubon, Exira, Guthrie Center, Panora, Bayard, Casey, 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.