A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for much of the Des Moines metro area, including Indianola.
Roger Vachalek, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, urged drivers to be cautious during Thursday’s evening commute and throughout the night.
“We have a mixture of light rain and freezing rain just to the west,” Vachalek said. “That is going to be moving into the region late this afternoon and some light snow early tonight.”
He said there is a potential of light glazing in the evening hours as the rain turns into snow.
“Folks need to be aware of that evening commute around the region. It could be a little tricky,” Vachalek said. “Allow extra time and patience.”
Cory Brown, the Warren County road superintendent, said crews won’t be out to clear roads much tonight.
“Our plan is we’ll be out early in the morning to check the roads,” Brown said. “We won’t run much after quitting time.”
He said the city is ready for the winter weather.
“We’re sitting ready,” Brown said. “We’ve got all of our graders and trucks ready to go.”
Vachalek said overnight tonight Indianola will see a low temperature in the 24 to 25 degree range. Friday’s high should be right around the freezing mark.
He said an Arctic cold front will arrive Friday night and lows will drop down to about 18 degrees and the high will only hit about 20 degrees on Saturday. Along with some strong northwest winds that will be brought in by the Arctic front, it will make for some chilly conditions.
Vachalek said the fog that Indianola saw Thursday morning won’t return.
“The fog was due to some warmer air that moved up ahead of the boundaries and pooled,” Vachalek said. “That has been displaced by colder air and winds.”