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Will snow in Iowa affect the caucuses?

A young supporter held up a sign next to a flag of the state of Iowa while waiting for US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a Des Moines rally Sunday.

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A young supporter held up a sign next to a flag of the state of Iowa while waiting for US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a Des Moines rally Sunday.

While a little more than half of the state of Iowa may be under a blizzard watch for Monday, one forecaster there doesn’t think the inclement weather will affect the caucuses much.

Brad Fillbach, a Des Moines-based meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said by the time the brunt of the storm hits Iowa, the caucuses could be over. The caucuses start at 7 p.m. Central time Monday, and snow isn’t expected to fall until Monday night into Tuesday, Fillbach said, with some areas bracing for 6 to 12 inches.

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“I’d imagine people will make it if they can, and if it’s a safety issue, they may reconsider,” he said. “But I would think it’s probably not going to have a big impact. The caucus will pretty much be over by the time things get cooking.”

The larger problem will be people trying to leave the state on Tuesday, he said.

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“There’s going to be a lot of people trying to fly out of here,” he said.

The northwest part of the state is expected to see the most amount of snow, while the southeast corner is expected to see the least, said Fillbach. Winds are expected to be between 20 and 30 miles per hour, with some gusts reaching 40 miles per hour during the height of the storm.

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