Get Your Shovel Ready: Winter Storm On The Way

By Justin Gehrts, Meteorologist

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The potent winter storm that has been the main topic around the water cooler is moving onto the West Coast and will dive toward the southern Plains Wednesday. By Thursday, it will begin its move toward Iowa. Parts of Kansas, Nebraska, and western Iowa will bear the brunt of this winter storm. Snowfall totals of more than a foot are certainly possible in those areas.

Here in eastern Iowa, we are in line for enough snow to shovel, as well. Current data indicate that we should receive 3-6" of snow. Locally higher amounts are possible, especially west of Highway 218. There is still some variability in the data we're looking at, and we may increase those totals as we find out just how much moisture will be available for this winter storm.

Thursday morning's weather will not be a problem. The commute to work will not be affected by the weather, since it will still be dry at that point. Snow will spread across the area from south to north during the afternoon on Thursday. The heaviest snow appears to be likely from approximately 6 p.m. until midnight. On Friday, snow showers will continue, but they will not be heavy.

Winds of 15 to 25 mph from the east will cause blowing and drifting snow Thursday afternoon and night, especially in open areas and over roads that are aligned north-south. Winds will back down to 10-15 mph on Friday, so blowing and drifting will be less of a problem then.

The evening commute on Thursday will certainly be impacted and travel will be hazardous into Thursday night. Lingering snow and blowing snow will continue to cause slowdowns on Friday.
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