North half of Iowa under winter weather advisory for weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory this weekend for the northern half of Iowa, where some places could see as much as 8 inches of snow.

Snow was already falling in the region by Saturday morning. The advisory goes into effect Saturday afternoon through midafternoon Sunday. The service says accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is expected around Highway 30 north of Des Moines to 6 to 8 inches northeast in areas around Mason City and Waterloo.

A winter weather advisory means periods of snow are expected to cause travel difficulties.

In Nebraska, the service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for a wide swath stretching from to the southwest to the northeast part of the state, which will see scattered snow and freezing temperatures.