Winter Storm Warning Issued as Heavy Snow Heads Toward Central Iowa

Winter storm warning Feb 06 2018

According to Environment Canada the snow is expected to begin falling Wednesday and continue to Friday

The latest winter storm is fueled by an impulse of energy flowing through a broad southward dip in the jet stream - lifting moist air over a surface frontal system.

"Snow will make weather headlines from the greater Chicago metro area to Detroit on Friday, with winter storm warnings in effect", the National Weather Service said.

WHAT.Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected.

Weather service meteorologist Trent Frey says the forecast is for up to nine inches of snow in Detroit through late Friday.

For further coverage of this weekend's stormy weather, scroll on below - courtesy of Praedictix.

The Weather Channel is predicting that as the storm continues east over the weekend, western, central and upstate NY into northern New England will receive less than 6 inches, but a few spots east of lakes Erie and Ontario may see more. But Racine County could see up to three inches of snow before midnight. There is the potential for light snow starting in the metro in the mid-afternoon.

Roads in the area were slick from ice and snow that fell on Sunday night. If the heavy band of snow shifts South we could still see 5 inches of snow or so.

Because of the timing, the evening commute Thursday shouldn't be impacted much, but Friday morning will be quite messy.

"Please use caution while traveling, slow down, and leave more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to allow extra distance for stopping", the office posted on its Facebook page. More than 200 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Many drivers said they're preparing themselves for the worst road conditions of the season.

Northern Illinois University is canceling classes and university offices are closed for Friday, Feb. 9.at all locations, but events to commemorate Feb. 14, 2008 will continue as scheduled.

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