DES MOINES, Iowa --
A winter storm watch is in effect from Wednesday morning to Friday morning.
The National Weather Service said that snow will likely develop Wednesday morning and mix with or change to freezing rain and sleet south of Highway 3 by the afternoon.
NWS said there is the potential for ice accumulations of one quarter to one-third of an inch near and south of Highway 3 through Wednesday evening.Snowfall through Wednesday evening is expected to be between 1 and 4 inches, and the greatest amounts will be close to the Minnesota border, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency said there will be a brief break in the precipitation Wednesday night before snow, which will be heavy at times, and increasing wind will develop on Thursday morning.Northern Iowa could be faced with near-blizzard conditions.On Thursday afternoon and evening, 15 to 25 mph winds will be coming from the west and northwest winds and gusts over 35 mph are possible, according to the NWS.
The NWS said 6 to 12 inches of snow is possible on Friday morning.
The NWS expects snowfall to be lighter on Friday, but strong west to northwest winds will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow.
A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may affect travel. With the potential hazards of heavy ice and snow accumulations, compounded by increasing winds, additional power outages as the result of downed trees and power lines is a distinct possibility.