A winter weather advisory will be in effect for the entire state of Iowa tonight through Friday. Our advisory in Des Moines will start at Midnight and run through 6 PM Christmas Eve.
Widespread 3" to 5" of snow will be common over the state through the next 30 hours.
The maps show you the counties that are included in the advisory and road conditions. You can find the road conditions right here: www.511ia.org/roadConditions.asp?area=IA_statewide
These conditions are often updated every 5 to 10 minutes. It will automatically update on your computer if you leave it up on one of your windows.
The snow will pile up overnight... 2 to 4 inches by morning, then more snow will fall through the day.
I do not anticipate a winter storm warning...the wind is not going to be strong enough and the snow will fall at a slow pace that will allow road crews to work in shifts to move the snow.
It will be slick..and travel will be much slower than normal. If you are able to travel today...even through late evening...it would be better than dealing with the heavier snow tomorrow.
Stay up-to-date with Iowa's Weather Plus... 13.2 and on www.whotv.com and here with the blog.
Have a safe and merry Christmas.