Snow in forecast for Saturday

The National Weather Service in Des Moines was forecasting 6-8 inches of snowfall across southeastern Iowa beginning Friday night and continuing into Saturday.

Snowfall expected to begin Friday evening and end Saturday could bring Appanoose County up to 8 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service updated its outlook Friday morning and for those not fond of shoveling snow, it's not good news.

Forecasters believe the snow storm will focus its might on southern Iowa, and thus believe totals for the southern tier of counties in southeastern Iowa — including Appanoose County — could face 6-8 inches of snowfall.

Neighboring counties to the north are still in the 4-6 inch range in terms of predictions.

The heaviest amounts are expected to fall during the overnight hours. Winds are expected to remain relatively calm, so the blowing snow threat is minimal.

Most of south-central Iowa will be under a winter weather advisory by the National Weather Service beginning at 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday. The advisory area includes Appanoose County.

Removing one snow event that brought between 7 and 8 inches of snow to the area, with totals up to 17 inches elsewhere in Iowa, the 2018-19 winter has been relatively mild. Centerville measured no snow in December. Nearly 11 inches fell in November, but of that eight inches came from the system that passed through on Nov. 25.

The low pressure associated with this storm will slowly move out of northeastern New Mexico, picking up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico as it moves east. Another low over southern Minnesota will help pull that moisture into Iowa. Southeast Iowa, Missouri and Illinois will receive significant amounts of snow.

Matt Milner of the Ottumwa Courier contributed to this report.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian and can be reached at or by calling (641) 856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker



Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.