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Significant Winter Storm On the Way

If you'e planning to travel somewhere for Christmas, don't wait too long. That's the advice from the National Weather Service because of a major winter storm heading for the midwest.

Alex Gibbs, Lead Meteorologist in the Davenport office, says snow will probably start falling on Thursday morning, and then later in the day the winds will probably kick up to 35 to 50 miles per hour, through Saturday morning.

"But if you're traveling the end of this week, the best advice I can give people right now is try to be where you want to be Wednesday evening. Because by the time Thursday starts it's going to start ramping up and quickly become dangerous travel conditions through at least Saturday."

Because of the high winds, snowfall will be hard to measure, but we can expect three inches or more.

"So we're looking at guidance that gives a range of possibilities and guidance is in very good agreement at least three. I know people like ranges but unfortunately the high end of this is all over the place."

Gibbs expects the wind and snow will have what he calls "significant travel impacts," making it difficult and sometimes impossible to drive any great distance.

And he urges drivers to carry emergency kits, with blankets, gloves, flashlights, and other supplies.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.