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Winter Storm Warning: The lull before the next wave
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Winter Storm Warning: The lull before the next wave

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High winds blow freshly fallen snow off of rooftops in downtown Mason City, causing low visibility on Friday.

We're not out of this yet.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Cerro Gordo County from until 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning also covers Winnebago, Worth, Hancock, Wright, Franklin, Butler, Bremer, Hamilton, Hardin, Grundy, Black Hawk, Marshall and Tama counties.

As the storm continues to move northeast, later tonight North Iowa will see a lull in the snowfall.

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A man walks on a snow covered road as snow falls in Mason City on Friday.

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A man uses a snow blower to clear a sidewalk as snow falls in Mason City on Friday.

Don't be fooled, says the National Weather Service. Snow is expected to transition into up to 0.1 inches of freezing rain, before snow begins falling again by 3 a.m. This will be followed by "rapidly cooling temperatures," creating the potential for "flash freeze" conditions on roadways, with blowing snow reducing visibility.

There is little to no chance of snow during the day Saturday. However, patchy blowing snow and wind gusts as high as 47 mph mean low visibility driving conditions will be likely. Daytime windchill could be as low as -20. 

Bitterly cold temperatures with dangerous wind chills as low as 30 below are expected to continue into Saturday night through Sunday. 

Cold temperatures will linger throughout the week.

Plan to expect slippery driving conditions and low visibility this weekend. High wind gusts bring the risk of bringing down trees and affecting power lines.

Check weather and travel conditions before considering travel this weekend by dialing 511 or visiting

If you must travel, remember to keep emergency supplies in your vehicle, like an extra flashlight, winter wear, blankets, food and water.


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