Travel Early for the Holidays to Avoid Driving During Snowstorm
The National Weather Service has issued warnings for snow, wind, blowing snow, very cold temperatures, and a good chance of whiteout conditions.
For the Quad Cities, counties to the south, and Illinois counties east of the Mississippi River, a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from midnight until Saturday at 6 am. Forecasters expect 2 to 5 inches of snow with blowing snow. Northwest winds could gust up to 50 mph by Friday, so wind chills as low as 30 to 40 below will be possible starting Thursday afternoon. Blizzard conditions will also be possible.
For eastern Iowa including Clinton, Jackson, and Dubuque counties, a Blizzard Warning will replace the Winter Storm Warning Thursday at 6 PM. The weather service predicts this area will get a total of 3 to 6 inches of snow with blizzard conditions, caused by northwest winds as high as 40 to 50 mph.
For Iowa and Illinois, forecasters say temperatures will drop rapidly after the snow ends. On Thursday night and Friday, travel may become difficult if not impossible. Dangerous wind chills of 20 to 40 below zero are expected Thursday night through Saturday morning.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities.