Ahead of Winter Storm Warning, Humboldt County EMA provides safety tips

By: Matt Scher, [email protected]

Humboldt, IA – The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning will go into effect for our area at 9:00 p.m. today and last until 12:00 a.m. Friday night (Saturday morning).

Heavy snow expected with total snow accumulations of 5-10 inches for our area and wind gusts over 40 mph causing significant blowing and drifting snow and near-blizzard conditions extending beyond the end of falling snow are forecast.

Locally, Humboldt County EMA coordinator Kyle Bissell says preparation ahead of the winter storm is a must.

If travel is necessary, Bissell provides some safety tips during the winter weather.

Current driving conditions are available on the Iowa 511 app, the website www.511ia.org, or by dialing 511.

Extreme cold is also set to roll in this weekend with area wind chills bottoming out at -30 to -40 degrees according to the National Weather Service. Bissell says it is imperative to avoid the outdoors.

Bissell says that he is contacting area businesses and city clerks to find suitable warming shelters during the extreme cold this weekend. For more updates regarding the winter storm, stay tuned to KHBT – 97.7 FM The Bolt.