Updated weather forecast for Cass & area Counties, 2/1/15

Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

115 PM CST SUN FEB 1 2015

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING

 REST OF TODAY…SNOW. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW. BREEZY. NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION 3 TO 4 INCHES. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTH WIND 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 90 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…VERY COLD. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW IN THE EVENING. CLOUDY WITH LIGHT SNOW LIKELY IN THE EVENING…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY OVERNIGHT. BREEZY. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. LOW 5 TO 10 BELOW. NORTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH BECOMING NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SNOW 60 PERCENT.

MONDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. VERY COLD. HIGH 15 TO 20. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW IN THE MORNING.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 10. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. WARMER. HIGH AROUND 30. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 30 PERCENT.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW 10 TO 15.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. COLDER. HIGH AROUND 20.

Travel discouraged this morning in western IA

News, Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

Winds have been picking up this morning across western Iowa, causing blowing and drifting of snow. The Iowa DOT’s website at 511ia.org reports all roadways are 100-percent snow and/or ice covered. Travel is not advised.

I-80 eastbound at Exit 57

I-80 eastbound at Exit 57

I-80 westbound at Exit 57

I-80 westbound at Exit 57

I-80 westbound at the 53 mile marker

I-80 westbound at the 53 mile marker

I-80 westbound at the 46-mile marker

I-80 westbound at the 46-mile marker

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Wayne Brosam sent KJAN some pictures he took of the roadways as of 8:30-a.m. today.

Winter Storm Warning Update (9-am, 2/1/15)

News, Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

858 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE WITH STEADILY INCREASING WINDS ACROSS NORTHERN AND WESTERN IOWA. WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON REGIONWIDE.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…ACCUMULATIONS OF GENERALLY 8 TO 12 INCHES.  SOME LOCATIONS WILL RECEIVE OVER A FOOT OF SNOW.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHEAST WINDS GRADUALLY INCREASING AND BECOMING NORTHERLY BY AFTERNOON. GUSTS INCREASING TO 35 TO 40 MPH OVER WESTERN AND NORTHERN IOWA BY MIDDAY AND OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA BY EARLY TO MID AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG THROUGH EARLY EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS INTO THE LOWER TO MID TEENS BY EVENING. ALONG WITH THAT WIND CHILL VALUES WILL DROP TO 5 TO 10 BELOW ZERO OVER THE NORTHERN HALF OF IOWA AND JUST BELOW ZERO OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA BY LATE AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL REMAIN SNOW COVERED AND SLICK WITH HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL BECOME MORE SIGNIFICANT THROUGH THE DAY. VISIBILITIES WILL OFTEN BE BELOW A MILE WITH NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS POSSIBLE AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AND RURAL AREAS. THE HEAVY WET NATURE OF THE SNOW HAS ALSO COATED TREES OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA. TREE DAMAGE AND LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES MAY BECOME MORE LIKELY AS THE WINDS INCREASE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

Significant Winter Storm affects the region Sunday

News, Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

The National Weather Service says “A significant winter storm” will affect the region today and into tonight. A Winter Storm Warning continues until 9-p.m. today (Sunday). Heavy snow will continue to fall across much of Iowa and winds will increase, causing blowing snow and drifting snow that will make travel even more hazardous. The snow will finally end with diminishing winds late this evening. As of 7-a.m. in Atlantic, we had received 5.8-inches of snow, which melted into just over six-tenths of an inch of liquid precipitation. Massena had 6-inches of snow over the same 24-hour period ending at 7-am.

Other snowfall reports as of include: 6.9 inches in Oakland (8:30-a.m) 7 inches in Audubon, Carroll and Guthrie Center; 5.4 inches in Adair; 9.8 inches in Waukee and 7.9 inches in Ames and 7.3 inches in Des Moines.

As of 8-a.m., roads were 100-percent snow and ice covered in the KJAN listening area, and many churches had cancelled services for today. Towing services are prohibited in Cass, Adair, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont Counties.

Additional snowfalls will be possible in the coming days, especially from Tuesday into Wednesday when some accumulations are expected. Temperatures will be quite a bit colder for most of next week with the fresh deep snow cover in place. The coldest temperatures will come tonight into Monday morning and again from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

ETHEL ELAINE SHELEY, 88, of Guthrie Center (Svcs. 2/4/15)

Obituaries

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

ETHEL ELAINE SHELEY, 88, of Guthrie Center, died Sat., Jan. 31st, at The New Homestead, in Guthrie Center.  Funeral services for ETHEL SHELEY will be held 1:30-p.m. Wed., Feb. 4th, at the 1st Christian Church in Guthrie Center. Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center has the arrangements.

Visitation at the 1st Christian Church in Guthrie Center will be held form Noon until 1-pm on Wednesday.

Burial will be in the Monteith Cemetery in rural Guthrie Center.

ETHEL SHELEY is survived by:

Her son – Melford (Janice) Sheley, Jr., of Guthrie Center.

Her daughters – Jacquelyn (Lee) Garreau, of Waukee, & E. Marjean (Larry) Short, of Des Moines.

2 CA truckers injured during crash on I-80 in Pott County

News

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

Two truck drivers from California were injured during a crash early this (Sunday) morning on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports the 2002 Kenworth driven by 62-year old Jesus B. Garcia, of Oxnard, CA, was traveling eastbound on I-80 about a mile west of the Neola Exit, when he lost control of the rig at around 1-a.m.

The semi rolled onto its side and blocked both lanes of travel. Garcia suffered minor injuries. His passenger, 55-year old Rufino V. Murillo, of Carpinteria, CA, was seriously hurt, but listed in stable condition. Both men were transported to Mercy Hospital, in Council Bluffs.

Large turnout for MHI meeting in Clarinda, Saturday

News

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

About 250 people gathered at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute Saturday morning to attend a public forum pertaining to the possible closing of the more than 125-year old facility.  The Omaha World-Herald reports Iowa Department of Human Services Director Charles Palmer faced the fired-up crowd and mental health professionals, including Dr. Marin Broucek, of Omaha, who called for more mental health services, not less.

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer said closing the facility would burden local law enforcement. Having to transport the mentally ill people hundreds of miles could take two deputies or police officers, which would be difficult for smaller agencies. A woman who identified herself as Ruth King and said she was mentally disabled, pointed out that state facilities that would remain open are a long way from Clarinda.

In his remarks, Human Services Director Palmer said mental health care was changing and the way services are being delivered is downsizing. Gov. Terry Branstad has proposed ending funding for both the Clarinda institute and a similar facility in Mount Pleasant, in eastern Iowa, shutting them down on July 1.

The Cherokee Mental Health Institute in northwest Iowa would remain open, as would the Independence Mental Health Institute in eastern Iowa. The state says the move would save nearly $8 million. But Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said the closings were not planned to save money, but to serve patients better. Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, said last week that she supports the move to close the two facilities; a more community-based model is better than an institutional model, she said.

But she wants to make sure the savings are put into community-based mental health treatment. Amy Lorentzen McCoy, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Human Services, said the plan is for savings to be put into Medicaid and into expanding beds in the facility in Independence. Neither institute targeted for closing is nationally accredited, mostly because of their aging facilities and an inability to attract the psychiatrists needed to prescribe medication, McCoy said.

There is no psychiatrist at Mount Pleasant, and in Clarinda, the full-time psychiatrist is retiring, she said. The number of mental health patients served by Clarinda and Mount Pleasant has been declining for decades, with 24 currently being treated in Clarinda and 47 in Mount Pleasant.

Iowa is spending nearly $7 million to run the Mount Pleasant institution and $8.7 million on the Clarinda location. Both have been around since the 19th century; Mount Pleasant was founded in 1864 and Clarinda in 1888. A consultant hired by Gov. Chet Culver’s administration in 2009 recommended shuttering Clarinda and Mount Pleasant, but the proposal was dropped when local and union officials protested and the Legislature didn’t approve the plan.

During a hearing at the State Capitol last week, Mental Health and Disability Services Division Administrator Rick Shults said the facilities are outdated, costly and serve only a small number of people. Shults said it wasn’t clear how many people would lose their jobs. About 160 people in total work at the facilities, 76 of them in Clarinda, but some could get other positions with the state.

Democrats and Republicans at the meeting raised questions about the proposal. Legislators also asked what would happen to four elderly sex offenders who live at the Clarinda institution. Shults said the state will work to find facilities for them, but it was not clear where that would be. Human Services Director Palmer said Saturday some of those offenders could be placed in nursing homes.

Motel robbery leads to chase and arrest Saturday morning

News

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

One person was taken into custody following a motel robbery and chase in Council Bluffs, Saturday morning. Officials says the Days-Inn Motel on south 7th Street in Council Bluffs  was robbed just before 1-a.m. Saturday. The suspect entered the lobby area, pointed a hand gun at the clerk on duty and then removed cash from the register before fleeing on foot. The clerk saw the suspect get into a white SUV with no license plates.

A uniformed officer nearby spotted the vehicle driving with its lights off near 19th Ave and South Expressway. A chase ensued to the dead end area of 1200 block of 19th Ave. as the suspect threw cash and clothes out of vehicle. Police said the suspect then rammed a police cruiser as the pursuit continued to the area of 2700 block of South 6th St. The suspect fled on foot after leaving the vehicle behind.

At 1:11 a.m. the 911 center received a call from a woman who said her husband who had said he was assaulted and his 2011 white Kia Sorrento had been stolen near Casey’s General Store at 23rd Ave. and South Expressway. Officers responded to their residence and arrested Alonzo M. Wright, of Council Bluffs. He’s been charged with first-degree robbery, assault on a peace officer and eluding.

Snowfall reports Sunday morning (2/1/15)

Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

(Will be updated throughout the morning)

At KJAN (Atlantic) – as of 6-a.m.:  5.5-inches;  Mt. Ayr, 6.7″; 2 miles NW of Little Sioux (Harrison County), 5.5″; 3 miles s. of Council Bluffs, 5.0″ (as of 4:30-a.m.); 3 miles w. of Pacific Junction, 5.0″ (as of 3:40-a.m.); Harlan, 6.0″ (as of 3:15-a.m.); Omaha. 6.5-7.0″.

Iowa teacher accused of sex abuse of student resigns

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February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A teacher accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student at Thomas Jefferson High School has submitted his resignation, and a second teacher accused of knowing about the relationship has also resigned. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that Council Bluffs Community School District will hold a special school board meeting on Tuesday to accept the resignation of 29-year-old Jeff Daugherty. Another teacher also submitted his resignation, which was effective Friday.

Daugherty is charged with sex abuse, sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation by a school employee and lascivious conduct with a minor. Police say the 15-year-old girl’s mother discovered the relationship when she saw a late-night text message Daugherty had sent the girl. He was arrested on January 8th.