Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Winter Storm: Dec. 7/8 Update #2

The National Weather Service in Des Moines, IA has now upgraded much of their region to a Blizzard Warning based upon the latest snowfall forecasts and expected wind speeds.  Their opening line in their issuance is "...AN EPIC AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WINTER STORM TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...".  Snow accumulations of 10-14 inches appear likely across much of central Iowa, with snow drifts of 8-15 FEET possible by Wednesday given winds of 25-35 mph and gusts upwards of 50 mph.

I am now located on the western edge of the blizzard warning, and am expecting 8-12" of snowfall by sunrise tomorrow.  However, given such wind speeds I think you'll find quite a variance in snowfall amounts dependent upon where you measure as drifts will definitely be a concern.  Be sure to keep an eye on latest closings, and the latest road conditions which are sure to become 'travel not advised' by this evening and during the overnight.