Winter Storm Q: When Will The Storm Reach Johnston and How Much Snow Can We Expect?

A major winter storm expected midweek could pack a wallop in Johnston and the rest of the Des Moines metro area Thursday and Friday.

The brunt of Winter Storm Q, which has been keeping meteorologist on their toes, is now set to arrive early Thursday.

However, KCCI reports that heavy snow is expected late Thursday afternoon, with totals between six and nine inches in central Iowa.

Late Thursday morning a band of moderate to heavy snow will develop and continue into Thursday evening, the National Weather Service is now predicting.

Strong winds and drifting snow Thursday afternoon are expected to make for a dangerous rush hour commute, the National Weather Service is reporting.

"Visibility of less than one quarter mile at times can be expected Thursday afternoon," the NWS reports. "Travel will become hazardous due to poor visibility and the roads rapidly becoming icy and snow packed."

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Thursday morning into Friday morning for most of Iowa, including Polk County.

Until the storm starts, it’ll be just plain miserable. Highs will reach about 24 today, but brisk northwest winds will make it feel as cold as -5 degrees. The actual low Wednesday night will be around 19.

Winter Storm Q isn't the only one to worry about.

Forecasters are saying a second snow storm is expected to hit the metro early next week.

That snow storm is suppose to ramp up on Monday with a snow/rain mixture.


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