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Wind chill warning and weather advisory in effect into Christmas Eve

A National Weather Service graphic shows much of Iowa under a blizzard warning (orange.)
The National Weather Service
A National Weather Service graphic shows much of Iowa under a blizzard warning (orange.)

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

Wind chills will remain dangerously low throughout Friday and into Saturday in parts of Iowa, the National Weather Service warns.

"Strong northwest winds will persist today with gust in the 40 to 50 mph range common," the NWS said in an issued weather advisory Friday morning. "These gusts will create blizzard conditions over portions of the northern half of Iowa, especially in rural or wind prone areas. Further south, significant blowing and drifting of snow remains likely as well."

Wind chill values Friday morning will be between 35 and 45 degrees below zero, then settle into the 25 to 35 below range Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, according to the NWS.

Blizzard conditions at time in the north

Closures and cancellations

UnityPoint Health clinics announced they will operate with limited hours on Friday.

Visit your city government's website for local updates on snow ordinances, closures and event cancellations.

Josie Fischels is a Digital News producer at Iowa Public Radio. She is a 2022 graduate of the University of Iowa’s school of journalism where she also majored in theater arts (and, arguably, minored in the student newspaper, The Daily Iowan). Previously, she interned with the Denver Post in Denver, Colorado, and NPR in Washington, D.C.