The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Des Moines has issued a winter weather advisory for the Perry area from 10 p.m. Thursday until noon Friday as areas of freezing drizzle prevail overnight and into Friday morning.
Total ice accumulations of less than one-tenth of an inch are forecast mainly west of U.S. Interstate 35. Slick road conditions may be possible and could affect the Friday morning commute and holiday-related travel.
Along with Dallas County, the winter weather advisory includes the counties of Emmet, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Sac, Calhoun, Webster, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Boone, Audubon, Guthrie, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Clarke, Taylor, Ringgold and Decatur.
Along with Perry, the winter weather advisory includes the cities of Estherville, Algona, Emmetsburg, Pocahontas, Laurens, Rolfe, Fonda, Gilmore City, Humboldt, Sac City, Lake View, Odebolt, Wall Lake, Schaller, Early, Rockwell City, Manson, Lake City, Pomeroy, Fort Dodge, Denison,Carroll, Jefferson, Boone, Audubon, Exira, Guthrie Center, Panora, Bayard, Casey, Perry, Waukee, Adel, Atlantic, Greenfield, Stuart, Adair, Fontanelle, Winterset, Earlham, Corning, Creston, Osceola, Bedford, Lenox, New Market, Mount Ayr, Lamoni and Leon.
The NWS said wintry precipitation is expected again late Saturday night and Sunday, with light snow accumulations expected roughly north of U.S. Highway 30. In addition, strong northwest winds of around 25 mph, with gusts in excess of 30 mph, are forecast during the day on Sunday.
The combination of snow and blowing snow will reduce visibility at times, mainly across northern Iowa and could again impact holiday travel.
ThePerryNew.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.