As of the publication of this article, around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, a quick-moving band of snow is on the move in the Stateline at this hour. This is not that widespread as it covers some parts of Eastern Iowa then extending to our region.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Stateline through the evening and into early Sunday morning. This is for the heavy snow that arrives later today. But first, you can expect around a dusting from this first line of snow showers as it continues over the next hour or two through the Stateline.
This will continue into the early afternoon hours too. BE AWARE: as there are still plenty of untreated roads from the ice this morning, these roads will become even more slippery as the morning and early afternoon goes on.
There is also some freezing drizzle here too, so a few spots could see a bit of a mix. This is the first round of snow for the weekend, as the heavy, more accumulating and widespread snow arrives later this afternoon. This line is currently off in parts of Missouri and is moving North-Northeast at this time.
This will move into the region later this afternoon and will give us accumulating snow. From the Weather Prediction Center, it shows that our region has the best chances of seeing at least 2" and still a decent chance of seeing at least 4". The much higher totals will be well north and east of the Stateline.
We've bumped down the snowfall potential just a bit from this morning and last nights forecast. Current thoughts are most of the area will see 2-4" at the end of this, with heavier totals northeast of Rockford. Areas in eastern Rock County and Walworth County in Wisconsin, along with some parts of Boone and McHenry Counties in Illinois are in that heavier snowfall potential zone.
The snowfall will begin this mid afternoon and continue through the evening hours (10-11 p.m.), eventually tapering off before midnight.
Heavy snowfall rates at times will create more slick spots and reduced visibilities on the roads. In addition with gusty winds from the North to Northeast, we could see some blowing snow at times too.