By Kyle Ocker
APPANOOSE COUNTY — The National Weather Service is forecasting the highly anticipated snow will be arriving in the area shortly.
There is a slight chance of snow from now until noon. Heavy snow is expected to begin around noon Thursday and will continue through the early morning hours of Friday.
The NWS is expecting snow fall rates of 1-2 inches per hour once the system begins dropping snow.
Around eight inches is expected through today and Friday for the Centerville area.
Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-20s throughout both days. The windchill is also expected to stay above 10 degrees.
Thursday afternoon winds are expected to be around 20 miles per hour, coming out of the east with gusts of up to 30 mph
Appanoose County, and much of the state of Iowa, is under a winter storm warning until noon Friday.
Area schools have all announced early outs for Thursday.
Centerville and Moulton-Udell will close two hours early Thursday. Moravia and Seymour are closing at noon Thursday while Wayne will close at 12:30 p.m.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association has postponed the Centerville vs Chariton Class 3-A District final game scheduled for Thursday in Knoxville. It has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Knoxville.
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