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Iowa DOT issues travel advisory for northern Iowa


AMES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for most of northern Iowa.

The DOT says an area of fog has already settled over the area that could cause visibilities to drop to a quarter-mile or less at times through Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued blizzard watch, blizzard warnings and winter storm watch for most of northern Iowa.

The DOT says those planning to travel through the northern part of the state this weekend should monitor the weather and road conditions very closely.

Precipitation is expected to start as rain Friday night and then transition to freezing rain or drizzle, then sleet and finally rain by early Saturday morning. 

New snow accumulations of 1-2 inches are possible across the state, but portions of northern Iowa could see 3-5 inches.

Along with the rain and snow, an Arctic cold front will drop temperatures to the single digits or below zero and strong northwest winds, increasing to 30 to 40 mph, with gusts more than 50 mph, could cause significant blowing and drifting of any snow. The combination may reduce visibilities to less than one quarter mile at times, causing near whiteout conditions.  It could also cause drifting of snow.

Stay tuned to KWWL, on-air and online, for the latest updates.  You can also get the latest road conditions by calling 511.

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