Another round of winter weather headed to Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - More snow is on the way for much of the state. A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect Monday afternoon and continues through Tuesday evening.

Latest snowfall forecast

TIMING:
"Monday morning will be quiet in advance of the storm with the first flakes starting to fall during the early afternoon," said First Alert Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Winters.

Snow will pick up in intensity during the afternoon and evening hours Monday, continuing through the overnight hours and during the day Tuesday. Winters said he expected the heaviest snowfall will come to an end Tuesday morning but light snow will continue to fall through the day.

IMPACTS:
"The first half of the day Monday will be calm. That won't be the case during the afternoon and evening commute," Winters said. Conditions will deteriorate as the system pushes into the area during the afternoon hours.

"With the timing of the storm system, travel and schools could be impacted by this storm on Tuesday," Winters added. "This will be a heavier snow than we've seen with recent systems."

Strong winds will accompany the system and produce blowing snow, especially in rural open areas.

SNOWFALL FORECAST
"This storm looks to drop four to eight inches of snow across much of our viewing area with locally heavier amounts possible," Winters said. "Lighter amounts are expected along and south of the Highway 92 corridor."

"As is the case with any system, a change in the path of the storm can impact the snowfall forecast. Download the KCRG-TV9 First Alert Weather App, it is a great tool to use to stay up-to-date with forecast updates."

EXTENDED FORECAST
The latest system will exit the region Tuesday evening. After a dry Wednesday, another round of rain and snow arrives late Thursday into Friday.

Winters added, "We've had an active last few weeks with winter storms and cold, and that will continue this week. We're monitoring the system expected later this week and will have more details in the coming days."