The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather alert. The first measurable snowfall of the season is on it’s way for portions of Southern into Central Iowa. A storm system across the central Plains will lift northeast tonight and move into the Great Lakes area on Sunday. Snow is expected to spread into southern Iowa later this afternoon and persist overnight before ending Sunday morning. Light to moderate snow accumulations are expected in portions of southern into central Iowa.
The weather alert covers Polk, Jasper, Poweshiek, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne, Appanoose and Davis counties. Including the cities of Des Moines, Newton, Grinnell, Indianola, Norwalk, Carlisle, Pella, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Chariton, Albia, Ottumwa, Corydon, Seymour, Allerton, Humeston, Centerville, and Bloomfield.
The winter weather advisory is in effect from 7pm this evening to 8am Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches
with locally higher amounts are expected. Portions of Central, South Central and Southeast Iowa will be affected. Plan on slippery road conditions. This will be the first measurable snowfall of the season in these areas. Be prepared for snow covered roads and allow extra time to reach your destination. Slow down and use caution while traveling.
For the latest travel conditions, check the Iowa 511 app, www.511ia.org, or dial 511.