Burlington Braces for Winter Weather

Burlington, Ia (The Hawk Eye)- The National Weather Service is calling for some severe winter weather this weekend. Between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, Burlington will see rain, ice, and snow.

NWS Quad Cities meteorologist Brian Pierce explains “The area of (southeast Iowa) being in the battleground is high.”

Pierce says that the storm will span from St. Louis to Chicago with the center of the storm focused in southeast Iowa. The Hawkeye reports the system will start with rain and a warm front. However, it won’t take long for a cool front to move in. The rain will become a wintry mix and by Saturday, the precipitation will become snow.

While NWS has a clue what may happen, this specific storm has been difficult to track. Models have shown the storm going different directions and until the models start to align, it will be difficult to know when the rain, ice, and snow will come. Pierce said more northern areas will predominantly bring snow. However, Burlington’s position in relation to the storm makes it difficult to tell how much precipitation will come in the form of snow, rain or ice.

Pierce said the storm will probably result in 3 to 6 inches of snow. He said the combination of rain, snow, and ice has a high likelihood of making for difficult driving weather. He said accidents are to be expected and driving should be avoided.