Blizzard conditions expected for parts of Iowa Saturday as winds gust to near 50 mph

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The biggest winter storm of the season dumped quite a bit of snow on Iowa Friday, but we’re not done with the impacts just yet! Even now that most of the snow has ended, we’ll have high winds and sub-zero temperatures over the weekend.

Due to the threat of blowing snow, a Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory remain in effect through Saturday evening. A few snow showers and pockets of freezing drizzle are possible before sunrise on Saturday, but any additional accumulation should remain relatively low. Strong winds and blowing snow will cause near whiteout conditions in northern Iowa Saturday, with visibility dropping to near zero at times.

In fact, Saturday will be mostly dry, but strong gusts over 45 mph could create blowing snow and difficult travel conditions for northern Iowa. Blizzard Warnings go into effect 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for northwest Iowa. Travel is not advised in this area.

Travel is not advised in northwest Iowa on Saturday unless absolutely necessary.

From Friday’s snow, most of central Iowa received 4-7″. Some light ice was reported in southern Iowa as well.

The official total for Friday’s snowfall was 5.7″ at Des Moines Int’l Airport.

The highest reported total was just west of the metro- Adel received about 7 inches of snow.

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The other big story is that temperatures will plummet this weekend through early next week. Highs on Sunday and Monday will likely be in the single digits. Saturday night, Sunday night and Monday night lows will likely be below zero. This means wind chill values will drop into the -10s and -20s. This is dangerously cold, so please avoid spending too much time outside if at all possible.

Temperatures on Monday morning could fall into the -10s around the state.

Stay tuned to Local 5 for the latest forecast updates.

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