Following Two Rounds of Snow, Blizzard Conditions Possible Sunday; Dangerous Cold Monday & Tuesday

By Joe Winters, Chief Meteorologist

High winds and falling snow cause reduced visibility on Highway 30 near Blairstown on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. Winter weather returned to Eastern Iowa on Tuesday as snow and high winds caused whiteout conditions on rural roads west of Cedar Rapids on Highway 30. The National Weather Service cancelled the blizzard warning, but a winter weather advisory remains in effect until midnight Tuesday and a wind chill warning is in effect from midnight Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday. (LIZ MARTIN/The Gazette)

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Two rounds of snow, strong winds and dangerous cold will be part of the weather picture over the next few days.

Tonight, light snow will fall across Eastern Iowa. A trace to one inch of snow is possible, with isolated heavier amounts closer to the Mississippi River. The snow will come to an end before sunrise Saturday.

We’ll see party cloudy skies Saturday before another round of snow develops and moves into the area Saturday night. Two to four inches of snow is expected before tapering off Sunday morning.

Strong winds will develop Sunday as an arctic cold front pushes through the region. Strong winds, combined with freshly fallen snow will create potentially dangerous conditions. White-out conditions will be possible, especially in rural areas. Because of this, a blizzard watch and winter storm watches will go into effect Sunday for much of Eastern Iowa.

Dangerous cold will settle into the region late Sunday. By sunrise Monday, a combination of poor travel due to extensive snow drifting and life threatening wind chills are possible.

Air temperatures will drop well below zero. With strong northwest winds, wind chill values will drop to -20 to -45.

The extreme cold will continue into Tuesday. Some improvement is expected Wednesday.

The First Alert Storm Team will continue to provide updates throughout the next few days on-air, online, on mobile and on social platforms.

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