Iowa and four other states were directly in the path of a massive snowstorm barreling across the Plains on Monday, but it’s not going to bury the Hawkeye State until after most of the caucusing is over.

“The southwest corner of Iowa is most likely where the caucuses will be affected by light snow, but the storm should not impact most places,” Weather Channel Lead Meteorologist Kevin Roth told NBC News.

Still, the storm is likely to pack a wallop in the five states under blizzard watches and warnings, dumping up to 18 inches of snow and snarling traffic for millions. And it remains to be seen whether the threat of bad weather will keep Iowans from the caucus sites on Tuesday.

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