Blizzard warning issued for portions of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials are monitoring roads as blizzard conditions hit a portion of Iowa.

The National Weather Service says a blizzard warning is in effect for several counties in central and southeast Iowa until 9 p.m. Thursday. Cities affected include Des Moines, Grinnell and Ottumwa.

Snow showers and strong winds are expected to cause blowing snow that will reduce visibility to whiteout conditions. Officials are warning drivers of hazardous travel conditions.

The latest weather report says the total snow and ice accumulation will be between one and two inches. Northwest winds will reach around 30 mph with gusts of near 50 mph.

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