Snow expected to continue through afternoon; winter weather advisory in effect through evening
Expect rainy conditions on Tuesday with a high of 55 and a low of 54. Rain could be heavy at times. WHO-HD TV, Special to the Register
Commuters are being greeted by snow Thursday morning as another winter storm enters the Des Moines metro.
The first snowflakes started falling in the metro area around 7 a.m. and are expected to pick up in intensity around 1 p.m., said Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.
A winter weather advisory is scheduled until 6 p.m. Thursday in Des Moines and across central and southern Iowa, according to the weather service.
People in the Des Moines metro will likely see lingering snow showers through the late afternoon with potential for a “light glaze” of freezing rain in the evening, Krull said.
At about 6:30 a.m., parts of Interstate Highway 80 between the Stuart exit and highway 71 were marked as 100 percent snow- or ice-covered, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s winter road conditions map.
Southwest Iowa will likely measure in with the most snowfall at the end of the day, but the biggest concerns for freezing drizzle exist around the Iowa-Missouri border, he said.
There will likely be a brief reprieve from precipitation Friday before another storm rolls through Saturday.
Winter storm conditions are likely to hit northern Iowa on Saturday, while the Des Moines area can expect mostly rain Friday night into Saturday with highs in the upper 30s. If the rain turns to snow, it will only be briefly, said Cory Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.
"We're still stuck in this wintry rut, but we're turning in the right direction," he said.
The weather service is closely monitoring some potential for flooding Saturday, especially if heavy rain falls on the widespread snow pack, Martin said, adding the Des Moines area could also see some ice jams on some local rivers, though it's difficult to predict at the moment.
The temperatures are expected to drop back below freezing Sunday, said Martin, who said it won't begin to feel like spring in Des Moines any time in the near future.
Temperatures through the next week, though warming above freezing some days, will still be colder than average, he said.
"But even when we say below normal, it's still going to feel decent compared to what we've had in the past couple months," Martin said.
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