Eastern Iowa to ring in 2022 with hard-hitting winter storm

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Winter has been slow to start in eastern Iowa this year, but now it won’t stop!

Freezing drizzle remains possible over much of eastern Iowa until late evening. Winter weather warnings are in place until 6:00 p.m. for most of the region and until 9:00 p.m. for our northern counties. This is in addition to the alerts in place for the Saturday system. Expect slippery spots on the roads and take it slow and allow more time if you have to travel tonight. As the freezing drizzle ends tonight, look for clouds above your head, but calm is actually ringing in 2022. The first day of 2022 will be active, however.

An impacting winter storm system is still underway on Saturday. A winter storm warning is in effect Saturday for counties along and south of US Highway 30. Counties just north of it along US Highway 20 are subject to a notice. winter weather. These alerts are issued to highlight areas where driving could become particularly difficult, or sometimes even impossible.

Winter weather warnings in effect on Saturday January 1, 2022.(KCRG)

Snow begins early in the morning south of I-80, moves north throughout the morning, and intensifies rapidly. Snow will be most abundant in the late morning and early afternoon, gradually diminishing until the evening. Expect conditions to deteriorate quickly. Due to the cold temperatures, the snow will be rather light and fluffy, easily blown away. Northerly winds will be gusting 30 to 40 mph, causing blowing snow and blowing snow. The snow continues through dinner and into the evening before ending around midnight. The threat of blowing snow could continue after the snow stops actively falling, which would make driving dangerous until Sunday morning.

These northerly winds will also act to potentially cause a fairly sharp cutoff at the northern limit of our snowfall totals. Thus, the highest confidence in our forecast exists in the area of ​​highest totals, the area forecasting 7-10 inches generally along and south of Interstate 80. This is the same area that will see the snow last. the longest. There will be a sharp cutoff at the north end of this system with a 4-7 ″ band immediately north, stretching north of Tama at Cedar Rapids to south of Dubuque, with the heaviest totals of this beach coming from the southern end. of this band. Lighter amounts will be north of that.

Winter weather warnings in effect on Saturday January 1, 2022.(KCRG)

In addition to worrying about snow and blowing snow, it will be extremely cold to start the New Year. Wind chills throughout the weekend appear to stay below zero for all of eastern Iowa. Wind chill advisories are already in place from Friday evening to Saturday morning for parts of our northwest area and another warning is likely for more of eastern Iowa by Sunday morning.

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