Winter weather advisory to take effect at noon Thursday

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The National Weather Service office in Des Moines has issued a winter weather advisory for the Perry area from noon Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday, with up to four inches of snow forecast for south-central Iowa along and south of U.S. Interstate 80.

Icy travel conditions might develop later Thursday afternoon and into the evening, with lighter snow accumulation expected over the northern portion of the winter weather advisory area and heavier accumulation to the south.

The strong spring storm will bring a heavy band of snow across southern portions of Iowa, generally along and south of the Highway 34 corridor to the Missouri border. A sharp cutoff of the accumulating snow is anticipated in the vicinity of the U.S. Interstate 80 corridor, with only light snow expected north of the interstate.

Winds will range from 10 to 20 mph, and the wetter consistency of the expected snowfall is forecast to result in only minor blowing. Some power outages and tree damage might occur over southern Iowa as the wet and heavy snow sticks to trees and powerlines.

Along with Dallas County, the winter weather advisory comprises Audubon, Guthrie, Polk, Jasper and Poweshiek counties.

Along with Perry, cities in the zone include of Audubon, Exira, Guthrie Center, Panora, Bayard, Casey, Waukee, Adel, Des Moines, Newton and Grinnell.

ThePerryNews.com will update this weather story as forecasts evolve.

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