More than a half-foot of snow expected in southern Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – More than six inches of snow is expected to fall on parts of the state Sunday as a winter storm moves across the Midwest. A Blizzard Warning, Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory have all been issued for different parts of the state.

The heaviest snowfall totals will be in southeast Iowa with a sharp drop in amounts over a short distance, said First Alert Storm Team Meteorologist Kaj OMara. The northern half of our viewing area will receive little to no snow. This includes Waterloo, Independence, Manchester, and Dubuque and all areas north of that line.

The KY3 Storm Team is tracking the possibility of an inch of snow or more along and north of U.S. 54. Gusty winds and snow may make driving conditions hazardous. Expect a brief period of freezing drizzle too.

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Farther south, the amounts will increase. Around Cedar Rapids, 2-4 inches of snow is likely, with Iowa City seeing a 4-6 inches. Washington will be closer to 6-10 inches of snow.

The advisory lasts through Sunday. It includes Benton (Mo.), Camden, Henry, Hickory, Miller, Morgan, St. Clair and Vernon Counties.

OMara said the systems first impacts will be felt early Sunday morning as snow moves in. Winds will pick up and continue through the duration of the storm, with the heaviest snowfall coming during the midday and afternoon hours Sunday. The system should clear the area by late Sunday night.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for several northern Missouri counties.

Strong winds will cause blowing and drifting of snow, rural areas will be most susceptible to greatly reduced visibility during the day Sunday, OMara said. Travel along Interstate 80, and Highway 218 south of Iowa City, will be hazardous. At times, Interstate 380 will be slick between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

The extended forecast looks quiet for the first half of the work week with cooler than normal temperatures. The next system to affect the Midwest arrives Thursday when light precipitation is possible.

A seemingly mild day again Saturday as temperatures hung in the upper 30’s all day. Some light rain kept the roadways wet but only 0.07” fell in Eau Claire Saturday morning for a 24 hour total of roughly 0.16”.

There is going to be a variety of weather across eastern Iowa today.  From roughly Highway 20 (Waterloo to Dubuque) and north, it will be cloudy, windy and chilly.  Falling temperatures are expected for everyone today.  Conditions quickly go downhill the farther south you go, with snow likely.  Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings, and Blizzard Warnings are in effect.

Temperatures get well below average in wake of this storm system. Cold winter like conditions through Wednesday and more snow chances return next weekend.

Winds will be north 15-25 mph, gusting 30 to 40 mph, especially this afternoon.  This will create near blizzard conditions near and south of Highway 30, which is going to make travel in southern Iowa extremely dangerous today.  In southern Iowa, power outages may be possible with the weight of the heavy snow on tree limbs and power lines.

Here’s a look at the timing of the snow, which is expected to impacts the southern half of the KWWL viewing area after 7 or 8 AM.

Tonight, the snow ends in southern Iowa.  We remain blustery with decreasing clouds and temperatures dropping into the teens.  It’s going to be cold the next several days, especially in southern Iowa where the heavy snow falls.

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