We’re still on track to pick up several inches of snow later this week around the Quad Cities. Because of that, a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for virtually the entire area. 

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when potential exists for heavy snow to arrive in the next day or so. 

Here is the latest on the approaching system.

TIMING: Snow is expected to begin Friday afternoon north & west of the Quad Cities, then spread across the entire area through the evening hours. Most snow accumulation will happen overnight Friday into Saturday. The system will be pushing out of the area by midday Saturday.AMOUNTS: At this point, the most snow looks to fall north of Highway 30. At least 6 inches is expected, with locally higher amounts possible. The rest of the QCA should see roughly 4-6 inches. If anything, these amounts will be adjusted upward.  WINDS: Blustery winds will be a bigger factor this weekend than they were last weekend. Winds are expected to gust around 20-30 MPH late Friday night through Saturday afternoon. Most of the snow will be a drier, fluffier variety, meaning low visibilities and drifting could be problems even into Saturday afternoon. 

This forecast will be updated as we get closer to Friday afternoon.