330 AM CDT WED MAR 25 2015
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. AREAS OF FOG. WEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. AREAS OF FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN IN THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN CLEARING. LOW IN THE MID 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S.
1044 AM CDT TUE MAR 24 2015
AT 1042 AM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING RAIN AND FREEZING RAIN
ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM LAWTON TO NEAR GRISWOLD… AND MOVING
EAST AT 25 MPH. AIR TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 32 TO 34 DEGREES…THUS
SOME ELEVATED SURFACES AND PROTECTED AREAS MAY BECOME SLICK OR ICE
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HANCOCK…PORTSMOUTH…SOLDIER…WESTPHALIA…TENNANT AND KIRKMAN.
THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…
HIGHWAY 59 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 52 AND 89. INTERSTATE 80 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 31 AND 48.
AREA COUNTIES: SHELBY-HARRISON-POTTAWATTAMIE-MONONA
823 AM CDT TUE MAR 24 2015
…RAIN…FREEZING RAIN…RAIN MIXED WITH SNOW…
AT 819 AM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING AN AREA OF SHOWERS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM MODALE TO ELLIOTT…AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.
TEMPERATURES VARY FROM 32 TO 34 DEGREES. THE RAIN WILL BE MOVING THROUGH THE AREA THROUGH 10AM. MOST READINGS WILL BE ABOVE FREEZING…HOWEVER SOME LOCATIONS COULD HOVER AROUND FREEZING ACROSS
SHELBY COUNTY…ALSO SOME LIGHT SNOW COULD BE MIXED IN. VARIABLE
WINDS OF 20 TO 40 MPH WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS AREA OF RAIN.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
KIRKMAN…NISHNA BEND RECREATION AREA…ELK HORN CREEK RECREATION
AREA…SCHABEN PARK…MANTENO RECREATION AREA AND PRAIRIE ROSE STATE
THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…
HIGHWAY 59 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 64 AND 89. INTERSTATE 80 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 37 AND 48.
AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-
CASS-ADAIR-MADISON; 721 AM CDT TUE MAR 24 2015
...BRIEF PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE THIS MORNING…
FREEZING RAIN MAY BE POSSIBLE FOR A SHORT TIME THIS MORNING OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL IOWA AS A LARGE SHIELD OF PRECIPITATION MOVES OVERHEAD WITH SURFACE TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING. ANY FREEZING RAIN WOULD MAKE WALKING AND DRIVING SURFACES SLICK…ESPECIALLY SECONDARY ROADS. IF YOU DO ENCOUNTER FREEZING RAIN WHILE DRIVING…PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND LEAVE PLENTY OF SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND THE DRIVER IN FRONT OF YOU. THE FREEZING RAIN THREAT SHOULD END BY LATE MORNING AS TEMPERATURES RISE ABOVE FREEZING.
345 AM CDT TUE MAR 24 2015
EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
TODAY…WIDESPREAD RAIN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 40. EAST WIND 5 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.
Cass County is among the 99 counties in Iowa that are expected to participate in the annual tornado drill this Wednesday, March 25th. Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon says as in the past, outdoor warning sirens will be activated in cities throughout Cass County at or near 10:15 a.m., NOAA weather radios will sound an alert and Cass County residents, businesses and schools will be asked to respond as they would to an actual severe weather event.
New this year, is Cass County’s mass notification system, which will transmit a voice message warning to every landline telephone and an emergency text will be sent to all subscribers to the Cass Emergency Notification System. Kennon says “My hope is that we can get more subscribers to the county mass notification system. You can’t receive local emergency warning texts unless you register your cell phone. Subscribing is quick, easy and free.”
To register, residents can click on a link found on the kjan.com homepage (or http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/cass_ia/wens.cfm) and sign up. You’ll enter your cell phone, e-mail and/or pager number, city and zip code. There are also links to register on the Cass County website homepage www.casscountyiowa.us, the Cass Co EMA Facebook page www.facebook.com/CassCoEMA, and the Cass Co Sheriffs Facebook page www.facebook.com/casscountysheriff.
The annual State wide tornado drill is the highlight of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Awareness Week that runs from March 23rd through March 27th, 2015. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.
346 AM CDT MON MAR 23 2015
EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS BEFORE MIDNIGHT. LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT…THEN LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS EARLY IN THE MORNING. LOW IN THE MID 30S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 80 PERCENT.
TUESDAY…BREEZY. RAIN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN LIGHT RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 40S.
This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa as residents statewide are encouraged to be prepared for spring and summer storms. Each day of the week will focus on a different severe weather topic, and Mike McClure with the National Weather Service says today (Monday) they’re calling attention to the dangers of flash flooding. “In any poor drainage areas or near creeks, streams and rivers, it’s one of those great ideas to be prepared ahead of time. What would you do in case of flash flooding? Where would you go? Get your preparedness in order right now, ahead of time.” Other topics on the calendar for this week include severe thunderstorms, family preparedness and tornadoes, with a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday morning.
McClure says this is also the time to refresh yourself on the difference between a warning, which means severe weather is occurring or imminent, versus a watch, which means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. “It’s not an exact science, so the goal here is to not get locked in on the counties that are in a watch, because severe weather doesn’t fall nicely and neatly, unfortunately, as we’d like it to and that’s why we say, if you’re in or near a watch area be prepared and stay alert.”
The first tornado reported in Iowa last year happened in late March causing minor damage in Clarke County, with a statewide total last year of 55 tornadoes, the highest since 2008.
(Iowa News Service)