Check out the watch and warning map from the National Weather Service. That big swath of red counties in the center of the country is a blizzard warning. It includes the Des Moines metro.
The blizzard warning starts at Noon Tuesday and continues until Noon Wednesday. Polk County is right on the edge of the blizzard warning...Dallas County has a Winter Storm Warning for the same period of time.
By Wednesday morning...we are going to see about 5 to 7 inches of snow over the Des Moines area. The north-northeast wind will come in with 40 mph gusts. Obviously the visibility for driving will be an issue...and the 6 inches of snow over Des Moines will look more like a foot with the snow blowing sideways. Travel could be impossible by late Tuesday night.
Up to 18 inches of snow is possible in southeast Iowa. This storm will impact much of the Midwest....including large metro areas like Chicago...St. Louis.... Detroit.
I'll be updating the journal often through the next couple days... keep watching and make sure you download our mobile apps at www.whotv.com . You will be covered as the storm moves into Iowa.