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Heavy snow, slick roads, low visibility during Thursday morning commute in eastern Iowa

KGAN Cedar Rapids 2/9/2023 Rebecca Kopelman and Nick Stewart

The bottom line with this storm is that the Thursday morning commute will be difficult, especially in southeastern Iowa. There is still uncertainty with this system due to the mild air ahead of the storm and therefore the type of precipitation we could have. With that said, the expectation is a transition from rain into heavy snow during the peak of the morning commute.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted well ahead of the storm due to the expected impacts.

Rain will move in Wednesday night from south to north, transitioning to snow as temperatures cool down overnight. By morning, right around the commute, heavy snow is likely in parts of southeast and eastern Iowa. The roads will quickly become snow covered given the intensity of the snow. The snow will be quite heavy and wet and will be difficult to drive through.

The heavy snow combined with strong winds will create low visibility as well, but the actual blowing and drifting will be limited due to the wetter nature of the snow.

Caption: Timing of snow, ice, and snow Wednesday into Thursday

This system will come with a lot of moisture and energy, leading to snowfall rates around 1-2 inches per hour. Roads will become covered in snow and travel will be difficult as snow falls through the morning, not winding down until 10-11 am.

Schools may make changes based on the road conditions. You can check any delays/closures here. You can check road conditions here.

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