KWQC First Alert Weather

Winter Storm Warning

...Winter Storm To Bring Hazardous Travel ... .A significant winter storm system will bring accumulating snow and hazardous travel conditions to the region over the next 24 to 36 hours. Snow is expected to develop across the area this afternoon and evening, continuing overnight before tapering off Saturday morning. Total snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with the higher amounts likely focusing north and west of a line from Mount Carroll, Illinois to Washington, Iowa. In addition, strong winds will develop tonight and continue through much of Saturday leading to considerable blowing and drifting of the fluffy snow and hazardous travel conditions. ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

  • WHERE...Portions of east central and southeast Iowa and northwest Illinois.
  • WHEN...From 3 PM this afternoon to noon CST Saturday.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Additional information can be found at


Due to predicted conditions, a Snow Emergency has been Declared. The Snow Emergency will go into effect beginning at 6 pm, today, Friday, January 18th through 6 pm, Saturday, January 19th.

Parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited when a Snow Emergency is in effect. Vehicles parked on Posted Snow Routes will be ticketed and may be towed.

As an alternative to on-street parking in the Downtown, residents, and visitors to the area may park for free in any one of the City’s three parking ramps beginning at 5 pm, today, Friday, January 18th through 7 am, Sunday, January 20th.

Expect low visibility and slick roads with this event, as high winds and considerable blowing and drifting are expected. Remember to take it slow when there is ice and snow. For more information on winter weather response activities and tips visit


Get complete weather information, including up-to-the-minutes forecasts, weather radar, closings, and more from KWQC-TV 6 HERE


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