Another major snowstorm of the winter season is heading towards the Quad Cities. Our area won't see the bulk of the snowfall, but this storm is bringing a lot of snow and with a recent shift in the storm's track, snowfall predictions for the Quad Cities have gone up.

Thursday, we told you that a Winter Weather Advisory was issued by the National Weather Service, the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities, and the National Weather Service of Des Moines (NWS) due to a snowstorm impacting all of Iowa and parts of western Illinois.

That Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 9 a.m. on Friday morning, but snow accumulation totals have changed since Thursday. At first, snowfall predictions ranged from 2-4 inches but now, those snowfall predictions have gone up.

Overnight, officials from the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities (NWS) said that the track of the snowstorm impacting all of Iowa, western Illinois, and northeastern Missouri Friday into Saturday morning, has slightly shifted towards the east. Officials say the shift has raised predicted snow accumulation totals for the Quad Cities area.

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National Weather Service of the Quad Cities
National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

We could see snowfall rates ranging from .5 inches to 1 inch of snowfall per hour throughout the day on Friday., with the heaviest snowfall rates happening tonight. NWS officials still aren't sure how much snow will fall along and east of a line between Dubuque and Galesburg as this will be the eastern edge of this storm.

NWS officials say that travel will be hazardous Friday, Friday night, and Saturday morning. Travelers and commuters should expect snow-covered roads and bad visibility due to the falling and blowing snow.

Friday's snowstorm is moving in a southeastern direction. The snow is expected to move out of the Quad Cities area and come to an end from north to south during the overnight hours Friday night into early Saturday morning.

The Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 9 a.m. on Friday for the following counties:

  • Jackson
  • Clinton
  • Scott
  • Rock Island
  • Henry IL
  • Mercer
  • Henderson IL
  • McDonough IL
  • Warren IL
  • Buchanan
  • Linn
  • Johnson
  • Cedar
  • Muscatine
  • Delaware
  • Dubuque
  • Jones
National Weather Service of the Quad Cities
National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

The following cities and towns will be impacted by this storm and will be under the Winter Weather Advisory:

  • Dubuque
  • Anamosa
  • Maquoketa
  • Clinton
  • Davenport
  • Bettendorf
  • Oquawka
  • Monmouth
  • Macomb
  • Moline
  • Rock Island
  • Geneseo
  • Aledo

Other counties in Eastern Iowa are under a Winter Weather Warning including Louisa, Des Moines, Lee, Henry IA, Washington, Johnson, Linn, and many others. You can see that full list here.

The National Weather Service of the Quad Cities has also released a graph showing the timing of the snowstorm.

We will see the bulk of the snowfall this afternoon and into tonight.

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