The Des Moines National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Marion County, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday.
Heavy snowfall is predicted for Friday morning with a wintry mix of freezing rain into the evening. Light snowfall is expected Saturday morning in addition to strong northwest winds, which could lead to areas of blowing snow.
Total snow accumulations of three to six inches and ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch are expected, with winds gusting as high as 45 mph. A similar forecast was in place last week, though snowfall fell short of predictions.
Forecasters say patchy, blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, and drivers should expect slippery road conditions. These hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute, and gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
Forecasters advise to slow down and use caution while traveling. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.