CEDAR RAPIDS — The edge of a New Year’s Day winter storm moving across the United States will brush against Iowa, depositing snow and freezing rain mostly in the southeast but possibly extending up to Cedar Rapids, the National Weather Service said.
Forecasters said they expect the worst of the storm to be felt along a line roughly from the Quad Cities to Burlington, where they predict 2 to 5 inches of snow and a thin ice accumulation before noon Saturday.
“Plan on hazardous travel conditions with snow covered roads and reduced visibilities down to a half mile in the heaviest bands of snow,” forecasters advised.
Iowa City is toward the northern edge of a winter weather advisory. Forecasters say there is an 80 percent chance of snow Friday afternoon and a slightly lesser chance in the evening, threatening between 1 and 3 inches of snow.
The weather service said there is a 40 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m. in Cedar Rapids, with declining chances later in the evening.
The Iowa Department of Transportation reported Friday morning that Interstate 380 was clear and considered in seasonal condition. So was most of Interstate 80 — but that changed east of West Branch to be considered completely covered, the agency said.
Highway 218 south of Riverside and north of Mount Pleasant was completely covered with snow and ice, the Iowa DOT said Friday morning, as were other roads in the area that impacted Washington and Kalona.
The Iowa DOT said roadways around the Mount Pleasant and Fairfield areas were partially covered.
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in the region.