The Ottumwa Courier

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February 21, 2013

Major storm bearing down on Iowa

OTTUMWA — A major winter storm moving into Iowa has most of the state under a winter storm warning.

Southeast Iowa is expected to receive more than six inches of snow, with many areas receiving considerably more. Ten inches or more could fall over a wide swath of southern Iowa according to the upper limits of the current forecasts.

Most of the snow is expected to fall overnight, but the afternoon is when it starts. That could cause real difficulties for people trying to get home after work.

Many schools are dismissing early to avoid releasing students as conditions deteriorate.

Several communities have already declared snow emergencies, including Ottumwa and Oskaloosa.

Forecasters say the storm could create near-blizzard conditions. Winds during the afternoon will pick up to around 20 mph, with gusts to 28 mph. Winds will die down overnight, but remain strong enough that blowing snow will be a problem.

You can track the storm with the National Weather Service by clicking here.

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