Some slick roads reported as snow remain a threat, especially early Wednesday.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Strong winds and some wintry precipitation are the highlights of a day of unpleasant weather conditions in eastern Iowa.

Your first alert: some snow, some rain and a lot of wind

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect this morning for portions of the TV9 viewing area, generally in counties in the northeastern and east-central portions of the viewing area.

Current NWS Winter Weather Alerts

Current winter weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

An area of ​​low pressure is near Lake Michigan this morning and is the main weather factor for us today. Precipitation around the back will give us a good chance for some snow showers during the morning hours, and the precipitation could mix with rain or change back to rain late morning into the afternoon. Over time, some of this precipitation is redirected toward areas closer to the Mississippi River later in the day and generally becomes much more isolated this afternoon into tonight.

Just like we saw on Tuesday, any precipitation that falls today will occur in air temperatures that will typically be above freezing. This significantly reduces the snow’s ability to stick, so heavier snowfall rates are needed to overcome that limitation. As a result, it will be difficult to get additional stacks once the sun rises. A wide area of ​​a trace of up to 2 inches could occur, and most of that area would fall much closer to the trace than the 2-inch totals (those would be more likely in our northeast area near the Mississippi River).

Additional snowfall accumulation possible in eastern Iowa on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.
Additional snowfall accumulation possible in eastern Iowa on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.(KCRG)

Despite all the limiting factors, slippery roads could sometimes develop, even during the morning commute when snow falls. You should check road conditions before leaving today. Reduce speed in slippery areas or when it is snowing and leave more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Also allow extra braking distance at intersections, as you may not have the traction you normally expect.

Winds will be strong throughout the day, with gusts between 30 and 40 mph early this morning. They will quickly reach the 40 to 50 mph range as we get into the late morning and especially this afternoon. Tonight will see a modest decrease in wind speeds, but gusts will likely still fall into the 30 to 40 mph range throughout the night.

Winds will remain strong throughout the day, especially through Wednesday afternoon.
Winds will remain strong throughout the day, especially through Wednesday afternoon.(KCRG)

If you have loose items outdoors, be sure to secure them or bring them inside as they could fly away. Bring the trash can today as soon as you can, or you could end up on the street. While driving, pay special attention to keeping the vehicle stable in its lane, especially if you are driving a larger, high-profile vehicle.

Calmer for a few days.

Any leftover precipitation will be isolated tonight as clouds hover. Temperatures may drop near or below freezing in some places as winds remain quite strong. We will also maintain blustery conditions on Thursday, but gusts may fall into the 25 to 35 mph range. This will be an improvement on today’s particularly strong gusts. Otherwise, expect a mostly cloudy day, with an isolated drizzle or downpour and highs in the 40s.

There is a chance for a little more sunshine on Friday as the winds become even lighter. This is when the storm system that gives us this active weather finally begins to leave the region and gives us a break. As a result, temperatures would be slightly warmer, with highs ranging between the 40s and low 50s. Saturday continues that trend, with mostly sunny skies and highs up to 50 degrees in many areas.

Your first alert: another chance of rain on Sunday

Another storm system approaches the state Saturday night into Sunday, putting the chance of showers back into our forecast. Some thunder is also possible during this time, although severe weather seems unlikely at this time. A decent amount of rain could also occur, with totals exceeding 0.25 inches in many areas.

This system begins to move away late Sunday night, hopefully taking with it the clouds it has as we approach the start of the week.

Your first alert: watching cloud trends on Monday

Monday’s partial solar eclipse day is still several days away, meaning the outlook for clouds versus clear skies could still change as we get closer. For now, our forecast contains partly cloudy skies on Monday, which is a better forecast than what we experienced during the partial eclipse of 2017. Fingers crossed we can keep this or even improve on it.

Temperatures get a little warmer early in the week, with highs in the 60s from Monday through midweek. Nighttime minimums will only reach 40 degrees.

Another chance for some showers and storms will arrive next Wednesday as an active weather pattern continues.

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