- Tuesday February 1st, 2011 :: 03:42 p.m. CST
Blizzard Warning in Effect until Noon on Weds., February 2, 2011 for Scott County and many bordering communities...
A major winter storm is currently moving into Iowa from the south, bringing with it heavy snowfall, strong winds, and dangerous wind chill temperatures. The forecast remains largely unchanged from the briefings provided yesterday. Heavy snow will begin impacting the state, starting in the south and moving north, with the heaviest impacts to the SE third of the state. Snowfall amounts for this area range from 6 – 18 inches, with accumulations getting progressively larger towards the SE corner of the state. Some areas in eastern and SE Iowa could see snowfall rates as high as 2 -3 inches per hour at times.
Accompanying this storm will be strong winds out of the north and northeast, with sustained wind speeds of 25 to 45 MPH and gusts potentially higher, expected to continue through Wednesday morning. These high winds combined with the relatively powdery snow that has already fallen and continues to fall, will create blizzard-like conditions for a large portion of the state. The NWS Des Moines Office extended the Blizzard Warning, in effect from noon today through noon Wednesday, to include counties west of Interstate 35 to Highway 71.
With temperatures already falling in much of the state, high winds will also create dangerous wind chills for the duration of the event, with wind chills overnight tonight in the -25 to -40 degree range. While the winds will die down by Wednesday morning, cold temperatures will persist through much of Wednesday, and into Wednesday night.
The NWS Des Moines office is not recommending travel throughout essentially the entire state during the duration of this event. Blizzard-like conditions, combined with dangerous wind chill temperatures could create potentially life threatening conditions during the duration of the storm.
The Iowa State Patrol is gearing up to handle incidents of all types on our interstates and highways. Troopers ask that motorist do the same and prepare for the worst. Remember to always check www.511ia.org before traveling when inclement weather is expected. If you must travel, abide by these simple rules:
Increase your following distance
Store an emergency kit in your car with food, blankets and a fully charged phone
Keep your car well-maintained with properly inflated tires and a full tank of gas
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Scott County IA Sheriff's Office
400 West 4th Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Scott County Sheriff's Office