The National Weather Service office in Johnston has issued a winter storm warning for the Perry area from 9 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, with 4 to 10 inches of snow and easterly winds of 15 to 25 mph forecast.
Travel impacts are expected over much of central Iowa, especially the afternoon school departure and the evening commute.
Locally higher amounts of snowfall are possible. The winds will be out of the east/northeast and will increase to 15 to 25 mph, with a few gusts over 30 mph by Friday night. The wind
will produce pockets of blowing and drifting snow, particularly in open and rural areas, during the afternoon and evening.
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. For the latest travel conditions, check the Iowa 5 1 1 app or dial 5 1 1.
Along with Dallas County, the winter storm warning is in effect for Carroll, Greene, Boone, Story, Marshall, Tama, Audubon, Guthrie, Polk, Jasper, Poweshiek, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion and Mahaska counties.
Along with Perry, cities in the winter storm warning area include Carroll, Jefferson, Boone, Ames, Marshalltown, Tama, Toledo, Traer, Dysart, Gladbrook, Audubon, Exira, Guthrie Center, Panora, Bayard, Casey, Waukee, Adel, Des Moines, Newton, Grinnell, Greenfield, Stuart, Adair, Fontanelle, Winterset, Earlham, Indianola, Norwalk, Carlisle, Pella, Knoxville and Oskaloosa.
ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.