Mason City, IA – Winter weather advisories are blanketing Iowa for today, including a Blizzard Warning for northern and central Iowa. Meteorologist Cory Martin, at the National Weather Service, says the approaching storm system will bring bitter cold, more snow and deteriorating road conditions.
The Blizzard Warning covers cities including: Estherville, Mason City, Fort Dodge, Waterloo, Ames and Grinnell. Snowfall predictions range from two to five inches, but Martin says don’t let those relatively low numbers fool you.
Temperatures peaked in the 30s a few days ago but the next several days could see highs only in the teens and single digits, with below-zero wind chills. Those strong winds could mean drivers will have to deal with greatly reduced visibility and occasional whiteouts.
The extreme cold is expected to stick around into next week. Over the weekend, high temps may only be in the single digits with sub-zero lows.