MASON CITY — A Blizzard Warning will be in effect this afternoon through midnight tonight for Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Worth, Winnebago, Kossuth counties. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for our listening area as well. Here are the details as of 5:15 this morning, along with some important links for you to check throughout the day
Strong northwest winds will develop by midday Thursday causing blizzard conditions over northern Iowa this afternoon into this evening. In the southeast, there is a potential for tree damage and power outages where significant ice accumulation occurs. Hazardous driving conditions are expected over much of the region today into this evening. Another round of bitter cold wind chills arrives late today into Friday morning. Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings will be needed over much of central Iowa.
Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Hancock-Cerro Gordo- Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City, Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, and Clear Lake 401 AM CST Thu Feb 7 2019 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY... ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... * WHAT...Mixed precipitation. Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches expected with ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Northern Iowa. * WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, from noon today to midnight CST tonight. For the Winter Weather Advisory, until noon CST today. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility, particularly in rural areas. The hazardous conditions will impact today`s commute. Dangerously cold wind chills as low as 35 below zero are expected later this afternoon into Friday morning, which could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. ===============
Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Allamakee-Floyd-Chickasaw-Fayette- Clayton- Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Waukon, Charles City, New Hampton, Oelwein, and Elkader 331 AM CST Thu Feb 7 2019 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... * WHAT...A wintry mix of freezing rain, snow, and sleet changing to all snow. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph this afternoon. * WHERE...Portions of north central and northeast Iowa. * WHEN...Until midnight CST tonight. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes late this afternoon through tonight. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at 511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at 511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1.