By Kyle Ocker
The Daily Iowegian
CENTERVILLE — UPDATE 8:42 a.m.:The area received approximately 5-6 inches of snow from Saturday night into Sunday morning. Areas like Humeston in Wayne County received the bulk of the snowfall, as they reported 8 inches on Sunday morning. As of 8:44 a.m., Blockton received the most snow fall that has been reported thus far. A trained storm spotter reported that the Taylor County town received 9 inches of snow.
Some churches have canceled their Sunday service in the area. We are tracking those as well as any weather related photos, road conditions and updates at http://www.dailyiowegian.com/storm/x1186892610/Storify-Pre-Christmas-winter-storm.
UPDATE 10:41 p.m.: Road conditions in the area have already deteriorated in the area as a brief wintry mix has roads covered in snow and ice. The second round is currently enterin the area and heavy snow will begin falling over night in Sunday morning, with accumulations from 6-10 inches possible in Appanoose and Wayne counties. Stay tuned to www.dailyiowegian.com for updates. You can also follow along here for more updates: Click here to go to our ongoing winter storm coverage for the latest updates.
UPDATE 3:53 p.m.: Forecasters are continually changing the estimated time that snow will begin falling in the area, with forecasts from the National Weather Service changing multiple times each hour. As of now, the weather service is expecting snow to begin falling at 5 p.m.
UPDATE 2:25 p.m.: An updated forecast has again changed the estimated time of arrival for the expected winter storm on Saturday. The National Weather Service now predicts a freezing rain shower around 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by a sleet/snow mixture beginning around 6 p.m. before the precipitation turns to all snow around 7 p.m. The latest accumulation estimation for the Centerville area is just under 7 inches by Sunday morning. Click here to go to our ongoing winter storm coverage for the latest updates.
UPDATE 11:21 a.m.: The National Weather Service has changed the estimated time of arrival for this storm. The Des Moines office is now expecting the area to begin receiving some sleet around 1 p.m. today, before it changes to a heavy snow around 3 p.m.
Original story is below, snow fall estimations have not changed much:
The area could see a freezing rain and snow mixture through the afternoon hours before heavy snow begins falling across southeast Iowa this evening.
The National Weather Service is calling Saturday morning a “calm before the storm.” As of midnight Saturday, there was a slight chance for a snow/ice mixture from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Saturday in Appanoose County. After that, heavy snow fall is expected to begin around 6 p.m. and continue through the morning hours on Sunday.
The storm is expected to target southeast Iowa this weekend, however, the system appears to be tracking slightly more towards the northwest than forecasters first expected.
A NAM snowfall computer model showed areas like Osceola, Knoxville, Pella and Indianola in position to receive up to 14 inches of snow. That same model predicts the northwest half of Appanoose County to receive 8-10 inches of snow and the southeast corner of Appanoose County to receive 6-8 inches.
Other forecast models show Appanoose County in line to receive up to 10 inches of snow. Weather organizations such as the Iowa Weather Center predict an accumulation of 7-10 inches of snow throughout the area.
The Iowegian coverage area is under a winter storm warning that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday and continues through Sunday.
Stay tuned to the Daily Iowegian for updated information throughout the day and night Saturday and into Sunday morning.
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