Winter Storm Heading Into Iowa Wednesday Afternoon To Thursday UPDATE

(Des Moines, IA) -- A major winter storm is moving into Iowa from the west.

"There will be some periods of moderate to heavy snowfall." Said National Weather Service Meteorologist Rod Donovan.

"Most of that's going to occur later this afternoon and especially into the evening hours is when were expecting the biggest impacts." Donovan said.

He says how much snow you get will depend on where you are.

"So, generally in the Des Moines metro we can see 2-4 inches with lesser amounts across the southern metro." Donovan said.

"Higher to the north, up toward Ames they get closer to that heavier snow band, we could get anywhere between that 3-6 inch range." He said.

The Cedar Rapids area could see 1-2 inches of snow, depending on how the winter storm tracks through Iowa.

In the Quad Cities region, only a trace to an inch of snow is expected.

Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Cedar Rapids are under a Winter Weather Advisory--north of that diagonal line gets a Winter Storm Warning--that includes Ames, Fort Dodge and Mason City.

Weather graphics by National Weather Service Des Moines.

National Weather Service Warnings Map below shows snow storm path from Denver, Colorado through Nebraska and Iowa, and into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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