The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Johnston has issued a winter weather advisory for the Perry area from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, with 1 to 3 inches of snow and high winds forecast as a powerful cold front moves through the Perry area.
Thursday morning and afternoon will see strong northwest winds, falling temperatures and
wintry precipitation, the NWS said. Significant impacts to travel conditions are likely through Thursday night due to a variety of contributing factors. Scattered precipitation will
initially start as rain or drizzle Wednesday night into Thursday morning before the front quickly crosses the area from west to east.
Any wet or slushy roads might flash freeze and quickly become icy as temperatures fall. Strong northwest winds, gusting above 45 mph, will create widespread blowing snow and potential blizzard conditions at times, especially in rural areas of north central
into central Iowa.
Snowfall totals are not expected to be heavy, the NWS said, but even light amounts might be enough to worsen impacts. Wind chills will fall below zero by Thursday evening into Thursday night, which will pose another hazard if motorists become stranded.
The NWS highly encourages anyone with travel plans to closely monitor for changing weather conditions and consider alternate plans if at all possible. Thursday afternoon and evening commuters should note that conditions may be dramatically worse compared to
the morning hours, with near-blizzard conditions possible at times due falling snow and blowing snow.
Along with Dallas County, counties under the winter weather advisory include Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Boone, Audubon, Guthrie, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Taylor and Ringgold.
Along with Perry, the winter weather advisory applies to the cities of Denison, Carroll, Jefferson, Boone, Audubon, Exira, Guthrie Center, Panora, Bayard, Casey, Waukee, Adel, Atlantic, Greenfield, Stuart, Adair, Fontanelle, Winterset, Earlham, Corning, Creston, Bedford, Lenox, New Market and Mount Ayr.
ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.