Take a look at the road condition graphic to the right. See the yellow areas? That’s where icing is occurring because of freezing rain falling in areas still below freezing at this hour. You can get the latest road conditions by going to the Iowa DOT Website. The icing threat will continue, especially for northern parts of the state for a few more hours before we could begin to see a transition to snow over many areas. Heaviest totals are still expected in northern Iowa, but some of the latest model runs warn moderate snow rates in eastern Iowa Saturday morning could still threaten areas south of the Blizzard Warning with 2-4” with locally higher amounts.
This area is currently under a Blizzard Watch. I expect the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities to take a close look at the situation over the next 6 hours before determining whether that watch will be upgraded to a Blizzard Warning. Either way, blowing and drifting snow will be a major problem Saturday as winds gust in excess of 40mph and visibilities are reduced to near zero at times. We’ll continue to monitor the latest tonight and bring you the very latest.
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