Rain dries up this evening; overnight snow possible - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Rain dries up this evening; overnight snow possible


A blizzard slammed Iowa with highs winds and heavy snow today, with most of Wisconsin seeing at least 6" of snow.  The Stateline area got lucky this time, but slick conditions are still possible.

The storm arrived this morning in the Stateline early in the morning, bringing light snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain. Accumulations stayed light, then rain took over from the middle of the morning. The earlier wintry mix melting plus steady rain showers have made roads wet, and in some spots slushy. Despite not seeing ice accumulations, wet roads like today's can be slippery, so continue to drive with caution!

The showers should wind down this evening as the dry slot of the storm enters the region (the dry slot is the portion of the storm where dry air spirals in, causing precipitation to dry up and stop for a while).  Under the dry slot, we'll see either light drizzle or dry conditions throughout the evening and into the night. Strong winds will kick in with the rain showers, with northeast to east winds gusting over 35 mph at times this afternoon.

Light rain and snow may sneak back into the Stateline Wednesday morning as the storm departs, meaning roads could be slippery again for the Wednesday morning drive. The rain, snow, and strong winds will end by Wednesday afternoon.

Our neighbors to the north and west will see much harsher conditions. Heavy snow will pummel Wisconsin, with accumulations up to a foot in central, western, and northern Wisconsin. In Iowa, heavy snow and very strong winds will create dangerous blizzard conditions, making travel impossible. The storm should end on Wednesday, but clean-up from the storm may take longer than that.

Track the storm and the latest conditions with our Interactive Radar, and get updates throughout the day at www.wrex.com/weather.

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