Winter Storm To Dump 4 To 6 Inches On Des Moines, America
Storm Alert

Polk County is currently under a winter storm warning, as snow moves across Iowa, targeting the area around 8 p.m. tonight.

Snow will continue throughout the night, becoming heaviest after midnight, said Craig Cogil, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Des Moines office.

Travelers can expect poor visibility on the roads overnight. In addition, winds sustained at 15 to 20 miles an hour with gusts between 25 and 30 miles an hour can cause accumulated snow Sunday to drift.

With temperatures Saturday and Sunday around 20 degrees and dropping off from there, the snow is expected to stick around for a possible “White Christmas.”

“At this point in time, it sure looks like it,” Cogil said.

The Iowa State Patrol is preparing for the severe weather by extending troopers’ shifts and widening their assigned patrol areas to help stranded motorists,according to a news release. If necessary, the State Patrol will request support from the Iowa National Guard.

For people who are traveling during the storm, the State Patrol offers the following tips:

– Allow proper stopping time by increasing the following distance

– Do not use cruise control on snow or ice covered roadways

– Use caution on overpasses, bridges, and all ramps

– Be alert and focused on driving

– Allow extra travel time

– Adjust the cars speed to road conditions

– Wear a seatbelt in the front and back seat

– Fully charged cell phone

– Emergency roadside assistance kit

– Use 911 if assistance is needed

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