Meteorologists Justin Gehrts and Charlene Malin will answer your questions about the approaching winter storm.
Here's a look at the latest snowfall forecast. Our meteorologists will try to answer as many of your questions as possible. To help avoid repeat questions - please scroll through the chat to see if your question has already been asked/answered. Thanks!
Hi Spencer, we'll start to see rain overnight in CR. Looks like it'll be mainly after midnight. At this point, the risk of freezing rain looks pretty small. If we get any, it should be brief... but something we're watching for. The good thing is that the changeover from rain to snow tomorrow should be fairly fast when it does happen... not a lot of wintry mix during the changeover.
Jacob, around and south of I-80 will be primarily rain. That's not to say there won't be some snow mixing in towards late in the day/evening, but at this point it looks like it won't amount to much accumulation. The farther NW you go, the more snow we are expecting. Everyone will start out with some rain, and then we'll start to transition to a mix and eventually snow starting with our western communities.
Bailey, While it doesn't look like Iowa City will get a lot of snow (probably around an inch of wet snow, as it looks currently), there will still be some low visibility because of the strong winds (30-40 mph certainly a real potential). Before the changeover to snow, Iowa City will be dealing with rain... probably at least a half-inch. That'll cause some street flooding where the drains are covered in snow. We'll also be watching for the wet roads to turn icy as temperatures fall Thu afternoon.
Melea, that's correct . Overnight tonight will be basically all rain. There's a sliiiight chance of some wet snow mixing in over far northeast Iowa, but we're banking on rain. The change from rain to snow will occur during the daytime hours tomorrow, from west toward the east.
B, strong winds will be over much of the area. All across Eastern Iowa you should expect to see blowing snow. The worst will be in our NW communities as they will also be seeing a larger amount of snow falling which will significantly reduce visibilities. In our Southern communities there will also be some blowing snow and reduced visibility, but to a much lesser extent.
Chindichore, that's an excellent question. While Winter Storm Warnings are typically issued for large snow totals, they can also be issued for high impact events such as this one. Many areas are expecting 1-3", but there will be significant blowing snow as well (more than what would warrant a Winter Weather Advisory, but less than Blizzard criteria). We'll also be looking at difficult travel not only because of the blowing snow, but also because of the slippery roads. Since we're starting off warmer and rainy, this will likely wash away a good deal of the road treatments. As the cold air moves in and we transition to snow, the wet roads will become slick and possibly icy. SO because of the combination of slick roads, blowing/drifting snow, and moderate accumulations, a Winter Storm Warning was issued.
I live in Cedar Falls and have a morning meeting to attend on Friday. will our weather event be finished by then? By the way...Charlene I am a huge fan and look forward to your weather reports. Great seeing professional women in the sciences out there!
Jack, there's still some question on the eventual storm track. The very latest computer model indications are in better agreement this evening than they were earlier today (thankfully). The problem is, the rain/snow line is going to be highly dependent on where the low pressure moves, so even a 50-mile difference would have a pretty notable impact on when the changeover happens (and snowfall amounts, as a result). This is one of those situations that we won't have as high of confidence as we like to have until a matter of hours before the change to snow happens. One thing's for sure - VERY windy and that'll be an issue Thu afternoon/evening.
Darci, Friday morning will really depend on where the commute is happening. I would expect Iowa City on south and east will probably be okay for the most part - unless there are still icy stretches from the rain (and then wet snow) causing prolonged issues. Waterloo and north/west of there, Friday morning will almost certainly be a major problem left over from the nighttime. In between... harder to say. I would plan on it to be quite a bit slower than normal.
Thanks Vicki! The Blizzard Warning will technically be over at 6 AM Friday (unless they extend it), so by that point the blowing snow will likely be lighter. Having said that, we're still looking at 20-30 mph winds, so there will still be SOME blowing snow, so expect reduced visibilities from time to time. As far as the roads go? That's a tough call. With the blowing and drifting snow, it's tough for road crews to keep the streets clear, so there will likely be partially covered roads.
Dani, while we do have a chance of snow this weekend, whatever falls is looking pretty light and not widespread... should be low impact. As far as tomorrow's storm, Fayette County will be having it worse than CR. We have Fayette Co in for 3-6", which will be all the more snow to blow around tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow night. Open areas will certainly have blizzard conditions, so very low visibility and quite dangerous driving conditions. CR may not be quite as bad, but it's still going to be a tough go in the evening and overnight. Low visibility in open areas of Linn County as well.
Teacher, tomorrow evening will be the worst conditions area-wide. By that time, everybody should have transitioned to all snow, and the winds will be howling at 20-40 mph and maybe gusting higher in open areas. We won't see much improvement, especially in the north, until later on Friday.
Marlene, the blowing snow will start as soon as the snow starts falling. This will probably start around noon in CR and continue into the evening/overnight. Blowing snow will get worse as all the rain eventually transitions into snow.
DBQ, our current expectation is for it to change from rain to snow in the early afternoon. You'll want to follow us closely because the exact time is still up in the air... we'll have a better idea (hopefully) tomorrow morning.
KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and WeatherCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A very complicated winter storm will be moving into the area tonight, affecting us the entire day Thursday before pulling away by Friday morning. The type of weather you experience will depend a lot on where you are at any particular time.