WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: January 11, 2012, 4:03 p.m.
A “Winter Weather Advisory” now covers all of central and eastern Iowa and all of northern Illinois from Wednesday night through late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
Snow, wind, and much colder temperatures will replace the record or near record temperatures we’ve experienced the past couple of days.
Enough about the warmth, let’s talk snow.
As of late afternoon Wednesday, that cold front was pushing into eastern Iowa and should be through the area by midnight.
Light snow is already falling across western and north-central Iowa. That snow should arrive in eastern Iowa between 9 p.m. and midnight. It should start snowing in the Quad Cities around midnight into the very early morning hours Thursday and then east of the metro area by daybreak.
The heaviest of snow will fall between 6 a.m. Thursday into early afternoon. Snowfall amounts will range from around 1-3″ in eastern Iowa to around 3-5″ in the Quad Cities and along the Mississippi River. Hometowns northeast of the Quad Cities may see 5-7″ of snow. Now, keep in mind, there will be isolated higher totals.
After the snow ends Thursday evening or Thursday night, we’ll still see some flurries blowing in the gusty winds. Temperatures will only be in the teens and low-20s Thursday and Friday and overnight lows will be in the single digits Thursday night and Friday night.
Weekend highs will be around 30° and by Monday, highs will be closer to 40°.
Enjoy the snow and be safe. Join me bright and early on “Good Morning Quad Cities” beginning at 4:30 a.m. Thursday on WQAD for the latest on the storm.
ORIGINAL POST: Wednesday Morning
I guess they say, “better later then never.”
Our first winter storm of the season will be arriving Wednesday night into Thursday and it will drop 2-5″ of snow before ending Thursday night.
The Quad Cities are under a “Winter Weather Advisory” from 9 p.m. Wednesday until midnight Thursday. This “Advisory” also includes Cedar, Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine, and Scott counties in Iowa, and for the Illinois counties of Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, Mercer, Rock Island, and Warren.
To the east of the Mississippi River, a “Winter Storm Watch” goes into effect late tonight through late Thursday night for the Illinois counties of Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Whiteside.
Snow accumulations will generally be around 2″ across eastern Iowa, around 3″ in the Quad Cities, and closer to 4-5″ east and northeast of the metro area. I would not be surprised to see isolated higher totals by an inch in any of these areas.
Blustery winds will be accompanying this storm making blowing and drifting snow a problem. Also, with temperatures taking a plunge into the teens tonight, only remaining in the teens to low-20s for highs Thursday and Friday, wind chill factors will likely be below zero.
As much as we’re used to snow and the cold in a typical winter, we’ve been very spoiled this year with January’s temperatures running 10.3° above average for the first ten days of the months, this snow, wind and cold will be a shock to many.
I’ll keep you posted on any changes to the forecast.