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Winter Weather Advisory for Monona-Harrison-Shelby-Pott. Counties

News, Weather

January 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

338 AM CST MON JAN 5 2015

A CLIPPER SYSTEM DROPPING OUT OF THE NORTHERN HIGH PLAINS WILL BE THE FOCUS FOR INDUCING SNOWFALL OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEBRASKA AND WEST-CENTRAL IOWA LATER THIS AFTERNOON. THIS SYSTEM WILL BE QUICK IN NATURE…THUS THE SNOW ACTIVITY SHOULD BE COMING TO A CLOSE BY EARLY THIS EVENING.

Winter Weather Advisory & Watch graphic (NWS/Des Moines). For more see www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/

Winter Weather Advisory & Watch graphic (NWS/Des Moines). For more see www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTIES….WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION AND SUB-ZERO WIND CHILL INDICES…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING.

* TIMING…THE SNOW ACTIVITY SHOULD LAST THOUGH THE MAJORITY OF THE AFTERNOON HOURS. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS FROM 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BY EVENTS END THIS EVENING. IN ADDITION…WIND CHILL INDICES AROUND 5 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED AS WELL THIS AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

PERIODS OF SNOW MAY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Jan. 5th 2015

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January 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Part of the fun of sledding is the risk that comes with flying down a steep hill. No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where officials are moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks. Parks manager Marie Ware says Dubuque is hilly and the risk is too prevalent.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many small Iowa towns are struggling to afford required costly upgrades to their sewage systems to limit pollution. The Des Moines Register reports some towns are considering un-incorporating to avoid the cost of installing a centralized sewage system. In the central Iowa town of Luther, the dispute over a proposed $1.4 million plumbing system for about 120 residents prompted several top officials to resign.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have been moving slowly to implement a law allowing for an extract of marijuana to be used for medical treatment, and advocates say they’ll keep pressing for more access to the drug. The Quad-City Times reports the state Department of Public Health has yet to issue a single marijuana use card.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo firefighters and narcotics investigators are probing a suspicious weekend fire that injured a man. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports officers with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force searched the home several hours after Sunday’s fire.

Adair County Board of Supervisors to hold Special Session Monday

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January 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Adair County will hold a Special Session at 9-a.m., Monday, to discuss and possibly act on funding requests. The Fiscal Year 2016 requests will be from: the County Ag Extension; Midwest Partnership; Dept. of Human Services; The Adair County Historical Society; Southern Iowa Trolley; and the Tourism Department.

In addition, County Engineer Nick Kauffman will present to the board a contract for signing, with regard to a bridge repair/replacement project, and County Auditor Mindy Schaefer will speak with regard to: Claims; Valuation information; the Clerk of Court and Medical Examiners’ FY 2016 Departmental Budget Requests.

Afterward, the Board will hold a budget work session.

Red Oak woman arrested Sunday morning

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January 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a woman was arrested early Sunday morning, for “Breach of Peace.”  44-year-old Shelby Joann Olivares, of Red Oak, was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $300 bond.

Car crosses bridge and crashes in Montgomery County

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January 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a car crossed a bridge and went out of control before crashing in Montgomery County, Sunday morning. Sheriff’s officials say Sheryl Heidecker was traveling west on 270th Street at around 10:20-a.m., when the vehicle crossed a snow covered bridge and began to slide to the right. When Heidecker tried to correct the skid, her 2005 Dodge Stratus slid across the road and crashed into the south ditch. The accident happened east of Coburg, about one-quarter of a mile east of J Avenue.

The vehicle was totaled, with the loss estimated at $3,500. No citations were issued.

Iowa officials slow to implement medical marijuana oil law

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January 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have been moving slowly to implement a law allowing for an extract of marijuana to be used for medical treatment, and advocates say they’ll keep pressing for more access to the drug. The Quad-City Times reports the state Department of Public Health has yet to issue a single marijuana use card that’s required under the law that passed last year.

Des Moines mom Maria La France says she remains too nervous about being arrested to regularly obtain marijuana oil for her son’s chronic epilepsy. So she’ll keep pressing for more access. Logan Edwards says the lack of access to medical marijuana in Iowa is why he left the state last year. The U.S. Marine from Davenport says he uses the drug to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

Liability concerns prompt some cities to limit sledding

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January 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Part of the fun of sledding is the risk that comes with flying down a steep hill. But that risk leaves cities open to potential bills from sledding injuries, and some have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims.

No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where officials are moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks. Parks manager Marie Ware says Dubuque is hilly and the risk is too prevalent.

In meetings leading up to the ban, City Council members lamented the move but say it’s the only responsible choice given liability concerns and demands from Dubuque’s insurance carrier.

(Podcast) Sunday morning News, 1/4/2015

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January 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The latest area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Updated 6-a.m.: Wind Chill Advisories in effect this (Sunday) morning, 1/14/15

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January 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until Noon today for: Audubon, Adair, Adams, Cass, Dallas, Guthrie, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor & Union; Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 9-a.m. today for: Carroll, Crawford & Sac Counties; Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 11-a.m. today for: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…SNOW IS COMING TO AN END EARLY THIS MORNING. TRAVEL CONTINUES MAY BE IMPACTED IN RURAL AREAS DUE TO STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON.

* TEMPERATURES/WIND CHILL VALUES…BITTER COLD WIND CHILLS ARE EXPECTED FOR TODAY WITH WIND CHILL VALUES RANGING FROM 15 TO 20 BELOW DURING THE PERIOD.

* IMPACTS…VERY LOW VISIBILITY…STRONG WINDS…AND SLICK ROADS  WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS. DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS ARE ALSO EXPECTED THROUGH THE DAYTIME HOURS TODAY OVER MUCH OF THE REGION. ACROSS THE NORTH DANGEROUS WIND CHILL VALUES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.  IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

Snow Emergency Declaration in Prescott

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January 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials in the Adams County community of Prescott have issued a “Snow Emergency.” The snow emergency is in effect from 6-am today (Sunday) through 11:59-p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5th. While the civil order is in effect, no vehicles are to park on the streets of Prescott until after 11:59-p.m. Jan. 5th.

All vehicles should be moved off the streets. Any vehicles remaining on the streets until the Snow Emergency ends will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.