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Storm dumps up to 11 inches of snow in northern Iowa

News, Weather

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The snowstorm that hit the State overnight into early this (Thursday) morning, dumped up to nearly a foot of snow in northern Iowa. In Hancock County, 11-inches fell in the town of Britt, taking out tree branches. Near Whittemore, in Palo Alto County, 7.3-inches of heavy wet snow caused power lines and tree limbs to snap. Seven-inches of snow also fell in Emmet County, but there were no reports of damage.

In western Iowa, snowfall measured up to 6.2-inches over Harrison, and a small portion of northwest Pottawattamie County, while others in that same area saw between four-and five-inches covering the ground. Some surrounding received anywhere from three-to four inches of snow. A little further east, 2.3-inches of snow fell here in Atlantic, at the KJAN Studios, one-inch fell in Massena, while portions of central Iowa received just under one-inch of snow, including at the National Weather Service office in Johnston.

Some communities in our listening area, further to the north, received between three-and four-inches, including Jamaica, in Guthrie County, which reported 3.1-inches of snow. The heavy, slushy snow caused some traffic problems. Minor accidents were reported at some locations, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Award fund now $15,000 for arrest of man accused in shooting of Sioux City Police officer

News

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The reward fund is growing in Sioux City for information leading to the arrest of 21-year-old Jamal Dean. The reward money is now up to $15,000 after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms added another $5,000 to the fund Thursday. That’s in addition to money contributed by the U.S. Marshall’s Service, Crimestoppers and several local, anonymous donors. Dean is wanted for attempted murder in the Monday afternoon shooting of Sioux City Police Officer Kevin McCormick, who was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop. McCormick has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The search for Dean has expanded to the tri-state area.

Anyone with information regarding Dean’s whereabouts should call (712) 279-6960.

State Ag Secretary Northey will NOT run for US Senate

News

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cross another name off the list of potential Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate. State Ag Secretary Bill Northey issued a written statement, announcing he has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat. Northey wrote that he feels he can “be more effective serving Iowans as Secretary of Agriculture rather than engaging in a Senate campaign.”

Last week, during an interview with Radio Iowa, Northey indicated his analysis of the political landscape in Iowa suggested to him he had a shot at the senate seat, but personal considerations were a concern. Northey said his family’s been farming the same ground near Spirit Lake since the 1930s and it would be hard for him to turn the operation over to someone else.

In his written statement today, Northey indicated he would endorse Congressman Steve King — IF King decides to run. If King doesn’t, Northey says there are “many qualified and exciting” Republican candidates considering a run. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced last week that she had decided against running for the Senate. Democratic Senator Tom Harkin announced in late January that he would not seek reelection in 2014.

Bruce Braley, the Democratic congressman from Waterloo, launched his race for the Senate in early February.

(Radio Iowa)

2 vehicle accident in Atlantic Thursday morning

News

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was reported to have been injured during a two-vehicle accident this (Thursday) morning, here in Atlantic. According to scanner traffic, the accident occurred just before 9-a.m., at the intersection of 9th and Cherry Streets. An elderly female was said to have suffered a head injury during the crash. No others details are currently available.

Iowa, Nebraska snowstorm likely helped plants

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The wet snow that covered parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa likely didn’t hurt many newly planted flowers and vegetables.  The spring storm dumped more than 6 inches of snow over Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Harrison County, Iowa.

Connie Hornbeck at CJ Futures Lawn & Garden Center in Missouri Valley, Iowa, says snow provides a protective cover from low temperatures and wind that pose bigger threats. Hornbeck says “those dry, 20-degree weather things are the things that really hurt” plants.

The moisture-laden snow will benefit most of plants. But she says the weight of it could have broken some stems and doomed the young plants.

Omaha man arrested on burglary charge in Mills Co.

News

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report the arrest on Tuesday of a Nebraska man on burglary charges. 34-year old Albert Thomas Fuller, of Omaha, faces a charge of 3rd degree Burglary. He was arrested at the Douglas County, NE, jail, and was being held on bond amounting to $5,000. And, Mills County deputies arrested 39-year old Brande Michelle Barnes, of Glenwood, on Wednesday. Barnes was picked up in Glenwood, on a warrant for Violation of School Attendance. Her bond was set at $300.

Authorities said also, no injuries were reported following a two-vehicle collision Sunday morning about two-miles north of Glenwood. The accident occurred on Gaston Avenue, at around 7:50-a.m. Officials say a 2001 Dodge driven by Jack Groves, of Glenwood, was traveling east on Gaston Avenue, when he hit a 2008 Honda driven by Mary Cooper, also of Glenwood.

The accident happened as Cooper was pulling out of a driveway from 23457 Gaston Avenue, and attempting to make a left turn. She told authorities she didn’t see Groves’ Dodge approaching. Groves told officials he tried to take evasive action, but was unable to avoid the collision. After his vehicle struck the Honda, it left the road and hit a tree before coming to rest in the north ditch.

9AM Newscast 05-02-2013

News, Podcasts

May 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

8AM Newscast 05-02-2013

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May 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Winter Weather Advisory update for western IA 5/2/13

News, Weather

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING

* TIMING...OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING. * ACCUMULATIONS…ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS LESS THAN INCH IS EXPECTED.

* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL REMAIN SLUSHY AND SLICK.

COUNTIES:GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-  …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...SNOW OR A MIX OF RAIN SLEET AND SNOW WILL SWITCH TO ALL SNOW IN THE MORNING HOURS AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO NEAR 2 INCHES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES AND SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE QUICKLY. THUNDERSTORMS MAY ALSO OCCUR AND WILL PRODUCE LOCALLY HIGHER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…A NORTH WIND AT 20 TO 35 MPH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES. * IMPACTS…ROADS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLUSHY AS THE SNOW INTENSIFIES THIS MORNING. HEAVY WET SNOW MAY ACCUMULATE ON POWER LINES AND LEAFY TREES…WHICH MAY LEAD TO DAMAGE.

COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON- …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING… *

SHORT TERM TRENDS...SNOW OR A MIX OF RAIN SLEET AND SNOW CONTINUE THROUGH MID THURSDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO NEAR 2 INCHES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES AND SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE QUICKLY. THUNDERSTORMS MAY ALSO OCCUR AND WILL PRODUCE LOCALLY HIGHER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…A NORTH WIND AT 20 TO 35 MPH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Total snowfall/precipation values thru 7-am Thursday (updated with graphic)

News, Weather

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Rain and heavy snow combined for a wet Wednesday evening and Thursday morning here in Atlantic. The 24-hour snow total was 2-inches. But when you combine that heavy, wet snow with the rainfall we received late Wednesday into early this morning, the precipitation value was 3.07-inches here in Atlantic. (as of 8-a.m., we had received 2.3″ at the KJAN Studios, and the snow had stopped)

Estimated snowfall totals across Iowa through 7:40-a.m. Thursday. Courtesy Iowa Environmental MesoNet.

In Massena, Ardell reported 1.75-inches of rain and 1-inch of snow, as of 7-a.m. Other reports include: Irwin, 4-inches of snow & 2.19 liquid moisture; Oakland, 3″ of snow; Villisca, 2″; Clarinda 1.9″; Avoca, 3″ snow/2.05″ liquid value.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said Jamaica, in Guthrie County, had 3.1-inches of snow through 6-am; Near Earlham, in Dallas County, 2.1-inches of snow was reported at 7-a.m.; Sac City in northwest Iowa’s Sac County had 5-inches of snow as of 7-a.m., and the National Weather Service office in Valley, NE., reported 3-inches of snow as of 7:20-a.m., while Omaha had 3.1 inches.

If you have a snow and/or rainfall total you would like to report. Call us at 1-800-283-5526 or e-mail kjannews@metc.net.