Iowa Could See First Measurable Snow on Friday

Measuring Snow

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- It looks like Iowa will be trading Wednesday's rain for some snow starting late Thursday and through the day Friday.

"We're really not looking at anything really significant, but it certainly is the first accumulating snowfall of the year," says National Weather Service Meteorologist Kristy Carter.

She says Iowa's highest amounts of snow will fall closer to Minnesota.

"Maybe an inch right along the border, and then amounts that are less than that further south--the Des Moines metro (could get) less than a tenth-of-an-inch," Carter says.

She also says Iowa's first measurable snow of the season Friday is also coming with some strong winds.

"They're going to be around 30 miles-an-hour at times, with gusts--especially in Western Iowa--over 45 miles-an-hour," Carter says.

She says even a small amount of snow being pushed by strong winds could create travel issues on Friday.

Carter says whatever snow falls on Friday will stick mainly to grassy areas, and won't be around long--the Weather Service says temperatures through the weekend will be in the 40's, with 50's possible on Monday.

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