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Rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow fell across much of the region on Thursday, as a strong cold front pushed east into Illinois. Temperatures dropped sharply behind the cold front, with temperatures dropping 15 to 25 degrees in a few hours.  Along and behind the front, a mix of rain and freezing rain fell during the late morning and early afternoon, causing a light glaze of ice on surfaces.  This caused very slick conditions on area roads and sidewalks.  Precipitation quickly changed to sleet and snow between 1 and 3 pm in the afternoon, with Cedar Rapids metro receiving up to a quarter of an inch of sleet.  Snowfall accumulation less than 1 inch fell northwest of a line from Grinnell Iowa to Independence Iowa.  Strong northwest winds between 15 and 25 mph were also common behind the front, with wind gusts up to 35 mph.

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