Winter storm watch issued for most of tri-state area

Erika Holt
April 19, 2018

Highs look to finally climb close to average with even more warming on the docket next week.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL 957 PM CDT Tue Apr 17 2018.Winter Storm to Impact the area Wednesday.A potent late season winter storm will bring a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet to the area beginning early Wednesday morning.

Stay safe, Eastern Iowa, as a late-season winter storm could make commutes hard throughout the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.

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We will likely be looking at freezing rain and sleet at the start, with slick spots quickly developing on area roadways.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain between 10 and 11 p.m., then a 60 percent chance of rain and snow. 30, with a trace of snow expected south of Interstate 80. "The heaviest snow will fall over northern Iowa with 6-8" north of Hwy 20. A northeast wind of 10 to 20 miles per hour, coupled with the heavy snow, will make for very low, poor visibility Wednesday evening.

Our weather models continue to depict a band of very heavy snow moving in this afternoon and evening to southern Wisconsin. As of right now, this system does not appear to pose a major threat of snow in the Denver metro area but that could change in future forecast updates.

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