Winter Storm Could Disrupt Holiday Travel Plans

December 19, 2022 2:37pm

Snow Plow

There will definitely not be any melting snow this week, assuring northwest Iowans of a white Christmas this year!  The nostalgia of a white Christmas however, will be dampened by the extreme cold funneling into the region, bringing more wintry weather.  As such, several advisories, watches, and warnings have already being issued for the upper Midwest beginning Wednesday for areas to the south and west, moving to the north and east.  Temperatures are already cold, but will begin to plummet further as a strong storm system enters the area Wednesday night.


That storm system will bring strong winds causing dangerous wind chills along with measurable snow to the area, which will result in blowing and drifting of snow.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch that goes into effect for the KSOU listening area starting Wednesday afternoon effective through Friday afternoon, and a Wind Chill Watch starting Thursday morning lasting through Saturday morning. The National Weather Service is predicting 4”-8” of snow in the watched area with dangerous wind-chills reaching 50 degrees below zero.  Wind chill temperatures this cold can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as ten minutes. 


Anybody planning holiday travel should stay aware of the forecast and monitor the path of this storm, perhaps consider altering travel plans as it has the potential to cause significant travel disruptions.