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.
We will be using Storify to help document and cover this winter storm through social media and staff reports of new weather updates, road/traffic condtions, any area power outages or other important information.