Snowfall forecast: heavy snow expected Monday night into Tuesday

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Winter weather warnings and advisories are set to go in place for much of eastern Iowa on Monday as the next snow system moves into the area.

Meteorologist Justin Gehrts said Monday starts out quiet ahead of more snow.

TIMING:
Gehrts said snow will start Monday afternoon and evening, mostly after 3 p.m., and will continue overnight. It will be heavy at times.

He said points south of I-80 could see freezing rain or sleet mixing in with snow.

"Snow lasts through Tuesday and will be heaviest in the morning, gradually tapering off toward evening," he said.

SNOWFALL FORECAST:
Snowfall amounts around 6" and greater should happen generally north of Highway 30, with lower amounts south of there, Gehrts said.

Small changes in track and temperatures could impact amounts, he said.

IMPACT:
Gehrts said gusty winds will make it tough for crews to keep roads clear.

"Winds will pick up from the northwest at 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 40, causing blowing and drifting snow," Gehrts said.

EXTENDED FORECAST:
Gehrts said a break in the weather comes on Wednesday before chances for another wintry mix come on Thursday.

A chance is in the forecast for Friday, as well.

Be sure to download the KCRG-TV9 First Alert Weather App as it is a great tool to use to stay up-to-date with forecast updates.