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TRACKING: Winter storm this afternoon through Saturday night

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Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for most of eastern Iowa starting at this afternoon at 3 o’clock, and going until Saturday night.

This Morning: We will see cloud cover thickening, but we stay dry. The wind will begin to pick up out of the north 10-20 mph.

This Afternoon: It will continue to be breezy, with temperatures in the upper 20s to upper 30s. The first wave of precipitation will move in after 2 p.m. This will be in the form of rain, mixing with freezing rain, sleet and snow. Eventually, as temperatures cool down, precipitation will quickly change over to snow and cause issues on the roads

Tonight: Any lingering wintry mix will transition over snow, and it could be moderate at times. The wind will pick up 15-30 mph, gusting up to 40 mph at times, creating blowing snow. Travel will be difficult. 1-3” of snow will be possible by the first round of snow wraps up by Saturday morning. Locally higher amounts are possible.

Saturday: Many areas will wake up to a break in the snow, but more will move through Saturday afternoon and evening, especially in the southeastern half of the KWWL viewing area. Not only are we dealing with the snow, but it will continue to be windy.

There will be a wide range of snowfall totals by the time all is said and done Saturday night. Northern and northwestern portions of the viewing area will have 1-3”. Elkader, Independence, Waterloo, Tama area will be 3-6”. Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City will be in the 6-8” band. It’s important to note that these amounts may fluctuate depending on the track of the storm. Any movement could make the difference of a couple inches in your area.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy with another round of snow moving in later in the afternoon and into the overnight hours.

Stay with KWWL for updates.

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Kyle Kiel

Meteorologist

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