Wind chill warning and weather advisory in effect into Christmas Eve
This story will be updated as new information becomes available.
Much of the country will see dangerous cold over the next few days, and it will arrive suddenly with a powerful Arctic front. Travel may become difficult immediately behind the front with bursts of snow and gusty winds leading to sudden whiteouts, flash freezing, and icy roads. pic.twitter.com/aVPmypXMIO— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) December 21, 2022
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.
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.