UPDATE: Blizzard Warning Posted

Sheldon, Iowa — If we really end up getting what the National Weather Service predicts this time, this storm is going to be the biggest one in a while. Around a foot of snow is predicted for the Sheldon area.

But — they’ve shifted the timing. Now, most of the weather isn’t going to start until tonight, with the bulk of the snow forecast for during the day Monday.

The weather service says blizzard conditions are expected. They say, “Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning commute on Monday.” Tree branches could fall as well. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches are expected for portions of northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota.

The blizzard warning will be in effect from 9 p.m. Sunday evening to midnight Monday night.

The weather service tells us that winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely, they say.

They remind us that 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. They advise people not to travel. They say that if you must travel, at least 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.

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Original story posted January 19th, 3:31 p.m.:
Sheldon, Iowa — The weather roller coaster continues in northwest Iowa. After warmer highs on Friday and Saturday, Sunday looks to be “interesting” weather-wise.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Sunday night through Monday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologists say that this is because heavy snow is possible. They say if it happens like they think it’s going to, travel will be “very difficult to impossible, including during the morning commute on Monday.” They say that current storm tracking information puts total snow accumulations in the Sheldon area at 7 to 10 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches possible.

They also warn that significant reductions in visibility are possible with this storm, due to blowing snow, even after it stops falling Monday night.

Weather Service officials say that a Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. They advise you to continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

The good news appears to be that we are not forecast to take a trip to the deep freeze after this storm. Seasonal temperatures are forecast for the next week.



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