The National Weather Service (NWS) in Des Moines has issued a winter weather advisory for Friday night and Saturday morning for central Iowa, including Perry and all of Dallas County, with a forecast of 2-5 inches of snow.
The advisory will be in effect until Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m.
The NWS predicts snow will continue to increase across western Iowa Friday night and will spread eastward. The primary focus for the snow will be along and south of U.S. Interstate 80, with the heaviest amounts will be oriented along a narrow band within that area.
There will be a fairly sharp cutoff to the heavier snow on the north and south sides of the band of moderate snowfall, according to the NWS.
Travelers should expect slippery road conditions, especially during the Friday morning commute. Reduced visibility and hazardous travel conditions are predicted at times. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving.
Along with Dallas County, other Iowa counties in the path of the snow include 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.
Perry is affected by the advisory as well as the cities of 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 and Bloomfield.
Motorists are encouraged to use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as information becomes available.