FRIDAY UPDATE: January 20, 2012
Are you ready for some snow? This forecast map and the numbers I added to the bottom look pretty reasonable on this Friday as the winter storm bears on us.
4-8″ of snow will likely fall from Dubuque and Maquoketa, Iowa over to Galena, Freeport, Mount Carroll, Illinois.
Here in the metro area, and from Iowa City to Clinton, Muscatine, Iowa, to Princeton, Colona, and Sterling, Illinois, 2-4″ may fall. There may be an isolated 5″ total.
And, I hope all of my friends in southeastern Iowa and west-central Illinois didn’t want much snow. Some areas from Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Burlington, Iowa, may struggle to see an inch of snow, two if you’re very lucky. Macomb, Monmouth, and Galesburg, Illinois will likely see 1-2″.
The good news with this system is that the winds won’t be gusty, so blowing snow is not really going to be a problem.
A “Winter Storm Warning” is in effect through late this evening for the areas expecting the 4-8″ of snow and a “Winter Weather Advisory” is out for the locations expecting 2-5″ of snow and that includes the Quad Cities.
Enjoy the snow if want snow and make the best of the situation if you don’t want snow.
Very cold temperatures stick around through Saturday night, but it’ll be warming enough for snow melt Sunday and Monday.
Have a great weekend.
ORIGINAL POST: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
That headline may be making some of you smile and others frown.
Based on the latest guidance, the heaviest snow will still be falling north of the Quad Cities. However, snowfall amounts have been brought down.
A “Winter Weather Advisory” goes into effect very early Friday morning until Friday evening for Clinton, Dubuque, Jackson, and Jones counties in Iowa, and for Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties in Illinois.
The snow will develop around sunrise in eastern Iowa and it’ll spread eastward and continue through Friday evening.
Snowfall amounts will now range from 4-8″ in Dubuque and Galena, to around 2-4″ in the Quad Cities and along Interstate 80. South of I-80, I’ve dropped amounts to 1-2″. That includes Galesburg, Macomb, and Burlington.
So far, our winter snowfall total in the Quad Cities is 7.0″. This is about 9.3″ below where we should be at this point in the season.
It’ll be very cold through Saturday, but we’ll start to see some melting Sunday with milder temperatures.