Looks like Old Man Winter is swinging through West Liberty a day early this year, and he’s planning to drop up to six inches of snow just one day before the official start of the season on Dec. 21.
Beginning Wednesday night, around 9 p.m., a 50 percent chance of precipitation mixed with temperatures set to be in the low 30s could bring a rain and snow mix, according to a weather forecast on AccuWeather.com. As temperatures drop in the early morning hours of Thursday, the continued 50 percent chance of precipitation could turn to solid snow.
The report states at about 7 a.m. on Thursday morning and throughout the rest of the day, temperatures are predicted to be in the upper to mid 20s which could result in snow fall and flurries until Thursday around 3 p.m., when chances of precipitation begin to fall below 25 percent.
A winter storm watch, issued as a National Weather Service Alert on AccuWeather.com, stated that heavy snow and very strong winds at 25 to 35 mph with gusts over 50 mph could occur in Eastern Iowa with a total of up to 6 inches or more snow.
Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until the end of the year and more snow is predicted for the days following Christmas.
Weather.com says it is “likely” the entire state of Iowa will have an inch or more snow on the ground Christmas day.
That said, alerts stated that travel conditions could be very treacherous and those who must travel or commute during this time should plan for dangerous conditions.
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