Things are coming together for a significant trouble maker in terms of weekend travel. A WINTER STORM WARNING will be in effect Saturday afternoon or evening thru Sunday evening.
SATURDAY: From the morning hours into the afternoon scattered areas of freezing rain and sleet will be found mainly south and east of metro Quad Cities although some could occur in the metro, as well. The WINTER STORM WARNING will go into effect at 3 pm Saturday afternoon in areas southeast of the metro because of travel problems associated with any icing.
SATURDAY EVENING: From the south and west an area of snow will start covering the QCA - it might even start as early as the late afternoon in some spots. The snow will continue over all but the southeastern counties of the KWQC viewing area from around Keokuk, Iowa to Princeton, Illinois, or so, where sleet will continue.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Snow, heavy at times, will continue, eventually covering all areas - even those to the south and east. By daybreak most of the heavy accumulation will be done, but additional snow will continue to fall through much of Sunday.
SUNDAY: Unfortunately, winds gusting to 35 mph or more will blow and drift the snow and cause lowered visibilities in open areas. The snow should be completely done by late in the day. Accumulations could be up to 6 to 8 inches from southeast Iowa into northwest Illinois with a sharp cutoff south and east where the storm will provide more ice than snow. There are some indications that more than 8 inches could fall in some spots. Due to the nature of the changeability of winter storms later forecasts should be consulted for the most accurate snow forecasts.
Travel will not be an easy proposition for much of Saturday and most of Sunday. This is a big travel weekend and one where many will head to local shopping areas. If you must leave your home drive slowly and carefully. Allow extra time to get to your destination and allow plenty of extra room between yours and other vehicles. -Erik Maitland