Snow Falling Across Eastern Iowa

By Justin Gehrts, Meteorologist

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The strangest snowstorm of our winter season has been unfolding over Iowa today. Parts of the state have seen heavy snow; meanwhile, just a short drive away, hardly a snowflake had been seen. The culprit for this has been persistent dry air feeding into the low pressure system that's producing the snow. If you were checking Pinpoint Doppler radar and it showed snow but no snow was falling, that's why — the snow was evaporating before hitting the ground.

Southeastern Iowa has seen some of the higher snowfall totals greater than 3", as we thought would be the case. However, the Waterloo area has also gotten a few inches in spots, and that was not a place we were expecting to have much in the way of snow. In the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Dubuque areas, snow didn't fall until close to noon or early afternoon. It's definitely been a day with sharp cutoffs in snow.

Much of the area will experience snow this evening into the night. While additional snowfall amounts won't be very high, the wind will be a big problem. Winds from the northeast at 15 to 30 mph, with occasionally higher gusts, will cause significant blowing snow. This will especially be the case in open areas. If you have plans to travel where there is nothing to slow down the wind, be prepared for snow-covered roads and greatly reduced visibility. Snow will taper off through the day tomorrow.
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