CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -Winter is here! The first major winter storm of the season could bring heavy snow to Eastern Iowa Wednesday into Thursday. A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect for most of Iowa beginning Wednesday, continuing through Thursday afternoon. An area of low pressure is expected to track from Northern Oklahoma to St. Louis to Michigan. This puts Eastern Iowa in a favorable placement for significant snow. It’s important to note that the track of this low pressure will, as always, have a large impact on what exactly we receive, and how much. If the low tracks more to the north or west, precipitation could begin as rain or a rain/snow mix then transition to snow. While that scenario does not appear likely, it is something our meteorologists are watching.
Right now a band of 4 to 8 inches is possible with some enhanced heavier totals possible. The snowfall begins Wednesday evening and continues into Thursday morning. It may begin as a mix for a period of time on Wednesday.
In addition to the snow, winds will pick up Wednesday night. This would cause significant blowing snow, along with some drifting. Road conditions will likely be poor, especially in open areas where wind-blown snow will cover roads even after they’ve been cleared.
The First Alert Storm Team will continue to monitor the latest data and provide updates as the details of this winter storm become clearer. We’ll deliver the latest information on KCRG-TV9, KCRG WxNOW, KCRG.com, the KCRG Weather App and on Facebook & Twitter (@kcrg_firstalert).