NWS places area under Winter Weather Advisory Friday night

By: Matt Scher, [email protected]

Des Moines, IA – The National Weather Service says severe storms won’t be the only severe weather affecting the KHBT listening area.

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for the northern portion of the KHBT listening area Friday night at 11:00 p.m. CST and last until 7:00 a.m. CST Saturday morning. The advisory is for the counties of Hancock, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Palo Alto, Winnebago, and Wright.

Colder air arrives tonight with rain changing to snow across northern Iowa. The combination of snow and strong winds will produce reduced visibilities making travel difficult. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches are forecast with winds gusting as high as 55 mph. The NWS says to plan on slippery road conditions. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and gusty winds could bring down tree branches. Visibilities in rural areas may be below one quarter of a mile at times with blowing and falling snow.

The NWS says to slow down and use caution while traveling. For the latest travel conditions, check the Iowa 511 app, www.511ia.org, or dial 511.