CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Rain, sleet, and freezing rain have already made Monday a messy day. That precipitation will switch to snow through the afternoon from west to east. Localized bursts of heavy snow are possible through the evening commute.
This means that visibility may change very quickly over a short distance or time, and road conditions could go from fine to hazardous just as fast. If you’re in one of those bursts of snow, slow down and leave a lot more extra space between you and other vehicles in case anyone loses control on the slick pavement. Strong winds will also add to the problem since vehicles will get pushed around on potentially slippery roads. South of Interstate 80, precipitation may remain more of a rain/snow mix.
Snow and wind will lighten Monday night. While the wind will stay down during the day on Tuesday, snow showers will become likely again. Some of them could produce periods of localized heavy snow, usually for a fairly short time. Once again, weather and travel conditions could change very quickly from place to place on Tuesday.
South of Highway 20, total snow accumulations should generally be a coating up to two inches, and most will probably be on the low end of that range. North of Highway 20, snowfall amounts will increase, with the highest chance of four to six inches happening north of about Highway 18.