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Winter storm & blizzard warnings issued ahead of Thursday storm

Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 3:14 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A strong cold front will be pushing through eastern Iowa on Thursday bringing freezing rain, snow, and possible blizzard conditions.

Winter weather alerts have been issued across eastern Iowa ahead of the system. Areas highlighted in orange from Waterloo to Tama are under a Blizzard Warning and a Winter Stor Warning issued for areas to the east between Highway 20 and Interstate 80. Heavy snow and high winds could lead to dangerous travel tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Wintry precipitation looks to move in between 6-9 a.m. Thursday morning and will quickly change over into snow by the late morning, early afternoon hours. Snow will then be falling through the evening and could be heavy at times. This could pile up on the roadways quickly and reduce visibility.

Timing on Pinpoint Futurecast for Thursday's system.
Timing on Pinpoint Futurecast for Thursday's system.(KCRG)

One of the bigger concerns is going to be the winds. Winds could gust between 30-40 mph throughout the afternoon and evening. This could lead to blowing snow and especially in open areas, blizzard-like conditions. Snow looks to end before 8 p.m., but blowing snow will still be a threat through the overnight hours and could linger into Friday morning as winds continue to stay high. Highs winds could also lead to a flash freeze and slick conditions on the roads.

Wind gust forecast for Thursday. High winds could lead to blizzard-like conditions.
Wind gust forecast for Thursday. High winds could lead to blizzard-like conditions.(KCRG)

Areas could pick up between 2-4″ of snowfall from this system, but the high winds will make it hard to measure.

Snowfall forecast for February 3, 2021. Last updated on February 2, 2021, at 3 p.m.
Snowfall forecast for February 3, 2021. Last updated on February 2, 2021, at 3 p.m.(KCRG)

Behind this system, arctic air will move into the region that will bring us the coldest air of the season. Highs will be in the single digits and lows will be well-below zero heading into next week.

High temperatures fall into the single digits or below behind this system.
High temperatures fall into the single digits or below behind this system.(KCRG)

We are also tracking another potential for snow on Saturday and Sunday this week. Keeping checking back for updates with the KCRG-TV9 First Alert Storm Team.

Another potential for snow comes Saturday and Sunday.
Another potential for snow comes Saturday and Sunday.(KCRG)

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