Wind + snow = hazardous travel
Schools close Thursday; bitter wind chill conditions expected to continue Friday
Schools cancelled and motorists had to drive with extra caution as snow fell across the county Thursday morning.
After a short thaw last week, it seems winter has returned, and Webster City should expect more snow over the weekend and into next week, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik.
“Snowfall amounts — It’s been a widespread 1 to 2 inches,” Podrazik said from the Des Moines office. “We had one 4-inch report in Dennison at 10 a.m.
“Most of it has just been blowing.”
The observer in Hamilton County reported 1 inch of snow as well, he said. Wind chill was significant.
“Mostly everything is in the 15 to 25 below zero range,” he said. “Webster City has been reporting 39 mph gusts.”
Wind chills were projected to be 25 to 35 below by this morning, Podrazik said, though wind should start to die down throughout the day.
” It looks like by sunset tomorrow wins should weaken quite a bit,” he said on Thursday. “We’ve got a high pressure moving in, so temperatures are going to drop to right around 6, 7 below.”
Snowfall for late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon is projected to be 2-3 inches for the area, but with less wind, Podrazik added.
“Wind with that doesn’t look as bad, 10-15 out of the east, northeast,” he said. “Nothing like what we’re getting today.
“It will remain a pretty active pattern.”
Webster City schools will have a two-hour late start on Friday.