Because snow will start during the afternoon of Friday, the evening commute will become slick and visibility will be low as the wind picks up.
Friday AM: The temperatures are expected to warm up to 45. Wind speeds will frequently gusts to 20 to 30 miles per hour and possibly higher, the NWS reported.
Forecasters are predicting heavy mixed precipitation as well as accumulations of up to six inches of snow or more over the course of the storm.
Although the snow is expected to be light, the NWS is still warning people of the potential for slippery road conditions Thursday evening and Friday morning. An icy mix of snow and sleet is expected to drop along areas under the storm's southern stretch.
Timing: Starting in NW Iowa by late Friday morning, Starting in central Iowa by the late afternoon Friday.
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for several counties, including Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Genesee, Wayne and Wyoming. We're not expecting a lot of snow, it's just coming at an inopportune time when the evening rush is getting underway.
The National Weather Service says there is "increasing confidence for a high impact winter storm" to hit the region this weekend. Avalanche danger will remain high.
There may be a wintry mix of freezing rain or ice along the Interstate 95 corridor on Saturday, but may turn back into snow by Sunday. As cold air plunges in, some of that rain will change to snow as the system exits. Some officials have commented that the timing of the storm couldn't be better since it is expected to hit on a weekend and Monday is a Federal holiday with many schools and some businesses already planning to be closed.
Skies are expected to clear Sunday into Monday, but it'll come with an arctic air and frigid temperatures.