It's time now to shift from looking at weather model data to spreading the word about the official CBS4 snow forecast for this weekend. While we'll still fine-tune the map over the next 36-48 hours it looks like the Quad cities will see 5-8 inches of snow Sat. night and Sunday. Some isolated higher amounts are possible and lighter totals are likely SE of the Quad Cities. The main reason for the lighter totals in that direction? More rain and sleet will mix in as you get closer to central Illinois...
Something else to think about - the winds will be up late Saturday night and Sunday. Gusts at times to 35 mph will cause even more problems from blowing snow and visibility!
The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Quad Cities. The Watch is in effect from 6pm Sat. through 6pm Sunday. After we see a bit of freezing rain late Thursday night and early Friday (a separate Frz Rain Adv is in effect for Thursday night) things will quiet down until late Saturday afternoon. Then a strong storm pulls into the Midwest and we'll see a mixture of sleet and snow to start things off before quickly changing over to all snow late Saturday evening. By Sunday afternoon when the storm winds down we're looking at 5-8 inches of snow in the Quad Cities! Lighter totals can be expected SE of the Quad Cities where more sleet will mix in and cut down on the snow totals...
We'll have frequent updates on CBS4 News, cbs4qc.com and our weather blog throughout the next couple days... http://qcweather.blogspot.com/
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