For a week now, I’ve been talking about a big winter storm with its sights set on the Midwest. I’ve been telling you to keep up on the latest forecast because some parts of Iowa could be picking up some heavy snow.
Now that the storm system is near Las Vegas, Nevada, Monday morning and will move to the southern Plains this evening and then to the Great Lakes by Wednesday morning, I’m pretty confident in forecasting mainly a rain event for the Quad Cities and most of Illinois and mostly a snow event for Iowa (except for the southeastern part of the state).
We’ll see a wintry mix late tonight that’ll change over to rain for the Quad Cities and much of Illinois Tuesday. By the time it ends Tuesday night, the rain will change back to light snow. Here’s how much snow may fall.
As you can see, this snow will more of a driving inconvenience for the Quad Cities, southeastern Iowa, and much of Illinois, with an inch or less of snow expected. But, we could see anywhere from one-half to one inch of rain!
Just to the northwest of the Quad Cities, 1-3″ of snow may fall around Galena, Illinois, back to Maquoketa, Iowa. Isolated 4″ totals are possible.
However, western and central Iowa may easily pick up 3-8″ of snow with a few higher totals. If that wasn’t bad enough, there will be a lot of wind with this storm causing blizzard conditions.
Look at the warnings out of the Des Moines National Weather Service office.
The red indicates a “Blizzard Warning” and the fuchsia is a “Winter Storm Warning”. It’s going to dangerous across much of Iowa Tuesday and Tuesday night.
Once again, the Quad Cities will be missing out on the big snow this time.
It was one year ago today that we picked up 13.8″ from a snowstorm that actually started out as rain!