Expect heavy snow Monday night; gusty winds on Tuesday

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Much of eastern Iowa will be in a winter weather warning or advisory by the time the sun goes down Monday night as the next snow system moves across the area.

TIMING:
Meteorologist Justin Gehrts said snow will come in from the south Monday afternoon, mainly after 3 p.m. and continues overnight.

Gehrts said the snow could be heavy at times overnight before it tapers off on Tuesday.

AMOUNTS:
"Snowfall amounts around 6" and greater should happen generally near and north of Interstate 80, with the potential for locally higher totals mainly in the Tri-States area," Gehrts said.

South of I-80, a bit of freezing rain or sleet may mix in with the snow early on.

Snowfall amounts will be lower in far southern Iowa, he said.

WINDY CONDITIONS TUESDAY:
Gehrts said winds will pick up as the snow ends around lunchtime on Tuesday.

"Northwest winds kick in at 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 40, causing blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility in open areas," he said.

This will make it harder for road crews to keep streets and highways clear.

EXTENDED FORECAST:
A break in the weather is expected on Wednesday with a slight chance of a wintry mix on Thursday. More snow chances are in store for Friday.