Yet another winter storm is heading to central Iowa; here's what you need to know
WHO-HD forecast: Heavy snow expected overnight into Wednesday Des Moines Register
Dear winter: we surrender.
Another storm is expected to move into Iowa late Tuesday and hang around long enough to drop 6 to 8 inches of snow on Iowa's capital, said Cory Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.
That fresh white powder is predicted to start falling between 8 and 10 p.m. in Des Moines and it probably won't let up until Wednesday afternoon, Martin said.
"We're just going through the same drill that we've had for the past couple weeks," he said, reminding Wednesday commuters to slow down and allow extra time for travel on what will likely be slick, snow-packed roads.
The weather service declared a winter storm warning beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday through noon Wednesday for Des Moines as the storm enters southwest Iowa and moves northeast.
Thankfully high wind and snow drifts aren't likely, said Martin who added that such factors could have made the weekend storm "exponentially worse."
This might seem like a worse winter than usual.
The capital already broke the record for the snowiest start to the year with 37.8 inches to date, Martin said. The previous record was set at 37.4 in 1962.
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And Des Moines is mere inches away from breaking a 107-year-old snowfall record for the most snow to fall in 40 days, said Brooke Hagenhoff, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Des Moines.
In 1912, 43.5 inches came down on the capital in 40 days, Hagenhoff said. Since Jan. 11, 37.4 inches have already covered Des Moines, according to the National Weather Service.
But despite some record-breaking, this winter isn't even close to breaking the seasonal record of 72 inches, Martin said. As of Tuesday morning, Des Moines clocks in at 40.8 total inches.
"It's a very active pattern we're stuck in right now," Martin told the Register earlier Sunday during the most recent storm that dropped more than 9 inches of snow on the metro. "It looks like winter isn't going to go away quietly. We're just going to have to grin and bear it."
Between 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday, Des Moines police responded to 57 crashes, 15 of which were hit and runs, according to Des Moines police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek. None resulted in serious injury.
Des Moines Police issued more than 1100 parking citations between Sunday and Monday afternoon, Parizek said. He said the list of parking-related complaints spans more than 10 pages. They impounded 12 cars as of early Monday afternoon.
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