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Winter Storm Watch

November 25, 2015

IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT FOR SAC, CALHOUN, POCAHONTAS COUNTIES.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH
LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING…RAIN WILL BEGIN TO CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN BY EARLY
THANKSGIVING MORNING AND LAST INTO THE EVENING HOURS. LINGERING
LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE IS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT. LIGHT FREEZING
RAIN WILL OCCUR ELSEWHERE IN CENTRAL IOWA THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY
MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS…SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL
GENERALLY REMAIN TWO INCHES OR LESS WITH UP TO 0.15 TO 0.20
INCHES OF ICE.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH
THURSDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE AREA.

* IMPACTS…THOUGH ROADS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME ICY AND TRAVEL
IMPACTED DURING THE DAY AND NIGHT…ANOTHER IMPACT MAY BE FROM
ICE ACCUMULATING ON COLDER EXPOSED SURFACES OF BUILDINGS
…TREES…AND WIRES. WITH WINDS INCREASING DURING THE NIGHT
THERE WILL BE A POSSIBILITY OF TREE DAMAGE AND ISOLATED POWER
OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. ADDITIONAL HEADLINES FOR
WINTER WEATHER MAY BE ADDED LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT OVER CENTRAL
IOWA WHERE FREEZING RAIN IS ANTICIPATED AND TRAVEL IMPACTED…BUT
AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHTER.