A major, early-spring storm will hit late Friday evening, March 23rd, after 5:00pm and be here through at least 3:00pm to 5:00pm Saturday, March 24th.
For Burlington and points southward, this thing will bring periods of rain and thunder — along with winds of 20 to 40 miles per hour. Temperatures will probably be quite steady between 36 and 38 degrees for late tonight through tomorrow. Even as such, snow could mix in a few times during this event. If this occurs, snow might accumulate briefly in the grass mainly, up to a half-inch or so a time or two, but that should be about it. Travel here should remain fine, and our big 69-Cent Sale at Ritter’s Home and Garden is set and ready for you from 10:00am to noon Saturday.
North of Burlington will be different. The cut-off zone getting into some serious snow will happen over a short distance with this storm. Mediapolis and Wapello will still be mainly a rainy scenario, although you’re much more likely to get some snowiness at times. Snow-wise, you could easily get an inch in Mediapolis and 2 inches in Wapello. Temperatures ought to range from 36 to 37 degrees.
By Muscatine, the snow will be much more vigorous — to the tune of 5 to 7 inches. Temperatures should settle between 35 and 37 degrees.
The Quad Cities will probably see a good 7 to 10 inches of heavy, wet, slushy, slippery snowfall from late tonight through late Saturday afternoon. The Brad Paisley concert at the TaxSlayer Center already has been cancelled. Cedar Rapids also looks like 7 to 10 inches with Iowa City being more like 6 to 9 inches. Temperatures in these spots will probably be in the 33-to-37-degree range. Snow here, especially from Cedar Rapids to the Quad Cities will be very heavy at times — a lot of early spring, atmospheric dynamics and lots of moisture to work with. Thunder snow with HUGE flakes and high intensity will occur at times, making travel extremely dangerous or impossible throughout the snowfall. This blinding snow will be able to overcome even the warm roads and above-freezing temperatures. If you HAVE to travel to these places, you could drive up this evening and stay the night, but know that your intra-town traveling tomorrow up there still could be very limited. Throw a shovel and some cat litter in your trunk or back seat. Saturday after 3:00pm-5:00pm will be better provided road crews in these locations are able to catch up that quickly.
The northern locations will also have the 20-to-40 mile-per-hour winds. Check back with this post later to see if I’ve updated any information here with changes. There’s up to an inch and a half of actual moisture for this storm to work with — that is very significant — so the exact track and intensity of that snow band are really important to keep an eye on — to not just dismiss because we’re all sick of winter and ready for spring.