More Accumulating Snow Possible Early This Week
By Justin Gehrts, Meteorologist
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Another winter weather system has its eyes set on Iowa, but its arrival has been delayed. Monday will now be a dry day, and the snow will hold off until Tuesday, with lingering snow showers sticking around into Wednesday. This system will have a more southerly track than the one that affected us last week, but its exact path is not certain yet.
Snow will spread northward during the day on Tuesday. Right now, the morning commute looks like it will be dry. The evening commute will likely have snow ongoing, especially in areas south of Highway 20. North of there, snowfall will be light or may not even be happening at all.
The farther south you are, the more snowfall you'll get from this event. Currently, we are forecasting 3-6" of snow to fall in areas roughly south of Highways 151 and 30. To the north, 1-3" is possible, with little to no accumulation in the counties near the Minnesota border. The track of the low pressure system is key in how much snow will fall; there have been signs that it could take a more southerly route. That would mean the snowfall bands would also shift south and lower amounts would occur. The different scenarios ought to be clearer tomorrow and we'll keep you updated with any changes.
Wind will be an issue with this snow, no matter how much falls. Winds from the northeast at 20-30 mph with higher gusts will cause significant blowing snow and some drifting. Road conditions will be hazardous Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night, especially in the southern part of the TV9 viewing area. Winter storm watches have been issued for areas near and south of Interstate 80, where conditions are expected to be the worst.
Stay with KCRG-TV9 and the First Alert Storm Team as we continue to monitor the evolution of this upcoming winter weather.