Freezing Rain Tonight; Winter Storm Taking Aim for the Weekend


By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Just in time for Christmas travel, the weather has turned very active. Over the next week, three storms will move through Iowa, each with the potential for wintry precipitation.

The first storm affects us tonight and Friday: A slow moving cold front passes through tonight bringing a round of freezing rain, freezing drizzle and light snow to the northern two-thirds of the state. Accumulations of ice will be on the light side, but any ice can cause major travel difficulties.

The best chance for icing occurs overnight on untreated and elevated surfaces. Some light snow may fall after the mix, lingering into Friday morning.

A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for the second storm system. The watch goes into effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. For several days, we have been watching a winter storm that will come from the south, bringing snow, sleet and blowing snow to Eastern Iowa. Snow and sleet will develop Saturday evening and continue into Sunday afternoon. Several inches of snow likely will fall during this time period. We’ll have a better idea of snowfall potential in the next 24 hours. With the falling and blowing snow this weekend, travel will be severely impacted.

A third storm moves into the Midwest on Tuesday and will bring the chance for some light snow that will continue into Christmas Day.

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