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Developing Coverage: More snow expected for much of Iowa tonight

A City of Iowa City snow plow works on Clinton Street as snow falls in Iowa City on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
A City of Iowa City snow plow works on Clinton Street as snow falls in Iowa City on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Just three days after much of Iowa was hit with a winter storm that resulted in dozens of crashes, and eight reported deaths, Iowans must prepare for another round of snow tonight.

According to the National Weather Service the snow is expected to begin in the early afternoon. The snowfall should remain light through the afternoon into the early evening with an inch or less of accumulation possible.

The heavier snow is expected to develop after dark, with accumulation between 3 — 6 inches possible overnight for much of the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Quad Cities areas.

The weather service expects the snow to continue through to Friday, and by the time the storm passes, a total of 4 — 8 inches of accumulation can be generally expected along and north of Interstate 80.

Southern regions of Iowa from Sigourney to Wapello are expected to see snowfall totals of 2 — 5 inches.

As cancellations, and warnings are issued, we will update this post.

Active Warnings and Cancellations:

The city of Mount Vernon has declared a snow emergency beginning at 5 p.m. today, and lasting until 4 p.m. on Saturday. All vehicles must be removed from designated snow emergency routes and violators will receive a $25 fine and risk having their vehicle impounded.

The Iowa City School District has announced that it will be canceling all school classes on Friday.

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North Liberty will prohibit on-street parking beginning Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. to help crews clear streets. The prohibition is set to expire at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. Off-street parking for those without available garage, driveway or other paved parking space is available at public parking areas, including the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, according to a media release.

The City of Cedar Rapids has issued a snow emergency, effective midnight tonight. Cars should not be parked on Emergency Snow Routes. A list of Emergency Snow Routes can be found on the City’s website: http://bit.ly/2FN3HCu. Snow routes are also designated with signage, and are often found near hospitals, schools, and serve as transit routes.

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