AMES, Iowa – Feb. 20, 2013; 2:30 p.m. – A severe winter storm is forecast for most of Iowa begining Thursday morning and continuing into Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for southwest Iowa calling for widespread, significant snow. Storm accumluations will range from 6 to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts possible. Much of the rest of the state is currently under a winter storm watch in anticipation of the movement of the storm across Iowa Thursday.
Statewide, heavy snow during the late morning and afternoon will lead to treacherous travel conditions for Thursday’s afternoon rush hour. Although blowing snow will diminish Thursday evening, high snow totals and gusty east winds could make travel very difficult.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is advising travelers to take necessary preparations for this event, including making sure a winter survival kit or emergency supplies are stowed in their vehicles with sufficient resources for all passengers. A mobile phone should also be carried in your vehicle for emergency use only. Don’t talk, take photos/video or text while driving.
Potential travel hazards with this event include:
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