400 PM CST SAT FEB 6 201… CRAWFORD-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS COUNTIES… BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON. BLUSTERY NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED BY SUNDAY EVENING AND LOOK TO CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY. IN ADDITION TO POTENT WINDS, LIGHT SNOW IS FORECAST FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY MORNING WITH NEW SNOW AMOUNTS UP TO 2 INCHES POSSIBLE.
A VERY DEEP SNOW PACK REMAINS IN PLACE OVER NORTHERN IOWA. HENCE…THE COMBINATION OF BLUSTERY WINDS..FALLING SNOW AND A DEEP SNOW PACK WILL LEAD TO NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WATCH WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3-P.M. SUNDAY THROUGH 6-P.M. MONDAY.
* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…UP TO 2 INCHES.
* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHWEST WINDS 30 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 50 MPH. VISIBILITIES MAY DROP BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD WITH NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS POSSIBLE AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS…CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW CAN CREATE TREACHEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND EVEN LEAD TO NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TRAVEL IN SOME AREAS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES. THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS.
Today: Mostly Cloudy w/patchy fog thru about 9am. Becoming partly sunny, with a high near 35. SW @ 10-20.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. S/SW winds becoming W @ 10.
Sunday: Mo. Cldy w/a slight chance of snow & blowing snow after 3pm. High near 37. W/NW 10-20 w/gusts to around 35.
Sunday Night: Cloudy w/a 30% chance of snow & blowing snow. Low around 22. NW @ 20-40. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Monday: Mo. Cldy w/a slight chance of snow & patchy blowing snow. High near 24. N/NW @ 20-40mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 24.
Friday’s High in Atlantic was 29. We received .1” of snow here at the KJAN studios, which amounted to .01″ of liquid precipitation. The 24-hour Low ending at 7-a.m. today was 9. Last year on this date we reached 37 for a High and 17 was the low. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 54 in 1966, while the Record Low was -27 in 1982.
An Iowa State University climatologist says the current El Nino weather pattern is generally providing Iowa with milder temperatures this winter. Elywnn Taylor says it’s also bringing abundant moisture which is causing sub-soil tiles to run at full capacity to drain the state’s farm fields. Taylor says there’s a big drawback for farmers from El Nino.
“It doesn’t take very much rain in April and early May to make things awfully wet for when they’re planting crops,” Taylor says, “and that can be a real disadvantage.” Taylor says a strong El Nino weather pattern, like we have now, is often historically replaced by the opposite La Nina pattern, which brings drought conditions during the summer and fall.
Taylor says first indications of that won’t be apparent until late March when the sun moves into spring position over the Midwest.
354 AM CST SAT FEB 6 2016
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. PATCHY FOG. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 10 MPH.
SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW. BREEZY. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH.
MONDAY…CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SNOW SHOWERS. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW. WINDY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 20 PERCENT.
TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 20S.
EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
TODAY…CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO NORTHWEST 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. BREEZY. LOW IN THE MID 20S.
MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS. WINDY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S.
Today: Partly Cloudy, High near 28. S/SW winds @ 5-10 this morning becoming westerly this afternoon. Wind chill values as low as 5.
Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 10.
Friday: Mostly Cloudy (a slight chance of snow after noon). High around 32. S/SW @ 5-10. Wind chill values as low as 5.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Saturday: P/Cldy to Cldy. High near 37. W/NW @ 5-10 in the morning becoming S/SW during the afternoon.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Sunday: Mo. Cldy & windy, w/flurries possible. High around 30. Windy.
Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 24. The 24-hour Low ending at 7-a.m. today was 7. Last year on this date we reached 19 for a High and -23 was the low. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 62 in 1938, while the Record Low was -30 in 1905.
346 AM CST THU FEB 4 2016 – The forecast for Cass and area Counties…
EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 30. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 15. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. BREEZY.HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S.
Snowfall Tuesday night whipped by gusty winds have once again created tricky driving conditions this morning across southwest Iowa. The Iowa DOT’s website 511ia.org shows most roads in the immediate KJAN listening area are completely covered with snow, with blowing snow creating some whiteout conditions for motorists. Conditions are better along and south of Highway 34. Proceed with caution this morning.
The National Weather Service says any light snow and blowing snow will diminish this morning with some partial clearing by afternoon. Temperatures will remain chilly today with brisk northwest winds continuing. Slow moderation is then seen through the end of the week with temperatures slowly warming into the weekend. There will be some threat of light snow in northern Iowa late Friday into Friday evening, although any amounts would be very light. The warmer readings this weekend will quickly disappear by early next week as an arctic front pushes through the Midwest. A much colder air mass will be across the state by Monday with temperatures falling well below normal.