Charles City, Iowa – Winter Storm Watches are being upgraded to warnings this afternoon as the area is expected to pick up 6+ inches of snow beginning Tuesday.
The National Weather Service in La Crosse, WI. has upgraded Floyd, Chickasaw, Mitchell, Winneshiek and Howard counties have been upgraded to a warning that will begin at noon on Tuesday and continue until 6pm Wednesday.
Precipitation may start out as a period of rain in some locations with warmer temperatures Tuesday afternoon, switching to snow by the evening. Periods of heavy snow are anticipated by Tuesday night with snowfall rates around 1 inch per hour and thunder possible.
Total snowfall accumulations of 5 to 8 inches is expected across the area and localized higher amounts possible. Amounts will taper with southward extent into portions of north eastern Iowa where some rain or sleet will likely mix with the snow at times.
This snowfall will likely impact the Tuesday evening commutes with the Wednesday morning commute significantly impacted. The expected wet nature of the snow will result in roads quickly becoming slippery and hazardous.