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Near-record cold likely tonight following yesterday’s snowstorm

News, Weather

February 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The snow is over, for now, and Iowans are facing several days of bitter cold. Meteorologist Jim Lee, at the National Weather Service, says the deepest snow from Wednesday’s storm ended up falling in northeast Iowa.The original forecast called for nine to ten inches of snow and Lee explains the discrepancy.  “It turned out to be a little warmer than we thought and the snow didn’t begin until a little bit later so we didn’t get quite the fluffy snow we were expecting,” Lee says. “The overall precipitation amounts were pretty similar to what we forecast but when the snowflakes are smaller and grainier, it doesn’t pile up as deep on the ground.”

The main concern over the next few days will be the very frigid weather. “From now until Saturday morning, it’s going to be quite cold,” Lee says. “We should see some near-record level cold Thursday night into Friday morning, dangerous wind chills at times, definitely not a good time to be outside if you can help it. Anyone taking to the roads needs to make sure they have plenty of warm clothing and an emergency phone with them.”

The forecast calls for the possibility of more snow late Saturday into Sunday and again next week, Monday night into Tuesday.

(Radio Iowa)

Freese-Notis Weather Forecast & weather info. for Atlantic & the area, 2/26/15

Weather

February 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

**Wind Chill Advisory until 10-am for: Audubon-Guthrie-Harrison-Shelby-Sac-Crawford-Carroll and Monona Counties**

Today: Partly Cloudy & cold. High 8. NW @ 15-25. Wind chill values as low as -20.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around -15. NW winds @ 5-10 becoming lite & variable. Wind chill values as low as -20.
Friday: Clear to P/Cldy. High near 12. SE @ 5-10. Wind chill values as low as -15.
Friday Night: P/Cldy. Low 1. S/SE @ 5-10. Wind chill values as low as -10.
Saturday: Mostly Cloudy w/a 70% chance of snow after noon. High 27. S/SE @ 5-15 w/gusts to near 20. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Sat. Night: Cldy w/a 70% chance of snow before midnight. Low around 18.
Sunday: Mo. Cldy w/a 30% chance of snow, mainly before noon. High near 30.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 44. We picked up .8” (eight-tenths of an inch) of snow in Atlantic at the KJAN studios, along with some rain. The liquid value of the snow & rain was .07″.  Our overnight (24-hour) low was -3.

NWS KJAN listening area weather forecast: 2/26/15

Weather

February 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

355 AM CST THU FEB 26 2015

WIND CHILL ADVISORY FOR THOSE COUNTIES ALONG AND NORTH OF I-80 IN WESTERN IA FROM 4-AM UNTIL 10-A.M.

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. VERY COLD. BREEZY. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. VERY COLD. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. BITTERLY COLD. LOW AROUND 10 BELOW. NORTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS 15 TO 20 BELOW.

FRIDAY…SUNNY. VERY COLD. HIGH AROUND 15. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS 15 TO 20 BELOW IN THE MORNING.

SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING…THEN CLOUDY WITH SNOW LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 70 PERCENT.

SUNDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH AROUND 30. CHANCE OF SNOW 40 PERCENT.

Wind Chill Advisory 4am-10am today (2/26) N. of I-80

News, Weather

February 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-HARRISON-SHELBY-MONONA.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM CST THURSDAY.

* WINDS…NORTH WINDS AT 10 TO 15 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES/WIND CHILL VALUES…TEMPERATURES WILL FALL TO BETWEEN ZERO AND 5 BELOW BY DAYBREAK. WIND CHILLS WILL DROP TO 20 TO 27 BELOW LATE TONIGHT INTO MID MORNING THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS…FROST BITE CAN DEVELOP WITHIN 30 MINUTES IF SKIN IS EXPOSED AND HYPOTHERMIA MAY OCCUR IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

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.

Wind Chill Advisory for Harrison & Shelby Counties Thu. morning

Weather

February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

323 PM CST WED FEB 25 2015 …

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY FOR HARRISON & SHELBY COUNTIES…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 AM CST THURSDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…DROPPING TO AROUND 20 BELOW LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY 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.

Winter Weather Statement updates (2/25/15)

News, Weather

February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CARROLL-GREENE-BOONE-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-COUNTIES
1019 AM CST WED FEB 25

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL PERSIST OVER
NORTHERN IOWA AND SPREAD SOUTH INTO CENTRAL IOWA LATER IN THE MORNING. THE SNOW WILL LAST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING HOURS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…4 TO 8 INCHES.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…WINDS WILL INITIALLY BE EAST AT AROUND 10 MPH THIS MORNING BUT INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH BY AFTERNOON AS THEY BECOME MORE NORTHERLY. VISIBILITIES WILL OFTEN BE A MILE OR LESS DURING PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW.

* IMPACTS…SNOWFALL RATES MAY REACH AN INCH OR MORE PER HOUR AT TIMES LEADING TO SNOW COVERED ROADS AND HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW MAY ALSO LEAD TO DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS THIS EVENING EVEN AFTER THE HEAVIEST SNOW HAS ENDED.

CRAWFORD-AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM UNTIL 9 PM

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…2 TO 4 INCHES.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…WINDS WILL INITIALLY BE EAST AT AROUND 10 MPH THIS MORNING BUT INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH BY AFTERNOON AS THEY BECOME MORE NORTHERLY. VISIBILITIES WILL DROP TO A MILE OR SO DURING PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW.

* IMPACTS…MODERATE SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE SNOW COVERED ROADS AND HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW MAY ALSO LEAD TO DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS THIS EVENING EVEN AFTER THE HEAVIEST SNOW HAS ENDED.

POTTAWATTAMIE

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM UNTIL 8 PM…

HARRISON-SHELBY-

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM.

* TIMING…A MIX OF RAIN…SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN WILL DEVELOP BY MID MORNING CHANGING TO ALL SNOW BY MID AFTERNOON ENDING BY THIS EVENING.

* IMPACT…1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE IN FAR NORTHEAST HARRISON AND SHELBY COUNTIES…OTHERWISE AMOUNTS WILL BE AN INCH OR LESS.

* TIMING…NORTH OF I-80 SNOW WILL MOVE IN DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS BEFORE DIMINISHING IN THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. SOME LOCATIONS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80 WILL SEE A WINTERY MIX OF RAIN…SLEET AND SNOW INITIALLY BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO ALL SNOW LATE IN THE AFTERNOON.

Much of Iowa soon to be buried under 6+ inches of snow

News, Weather

February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A major winter weather storm is rolling through Iowa as snow started flying this morning in the northwest and is moving southeast through the state. Jim Lee is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.  “The accumulations will vary widely across the state. The southwest corner will see very, very little (snow). Whereas, in a band from about the northern to southeastern part of the state we’re looking at six plus inches,” Lee said.

Parts of Iowa may receive eight or more inches of snow. Some cities in the area projected to get the most snow include Webster City, Marshalltown, Newton, and Oskaloosa. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories cover nearly the entire state. The heaviest snowfall may occur over sections of central during the afternoon commute.  “We’re looking for snowfall rates probably close to an inch an hour at times within that heaviest band,” Lee said.

As the snow is moving out of the state later tonight, winds are expected to increase and usher in some very cold conditions. High temperatures on Thursday and Friday will be in the single digits to teens across the state. Another smaller snow event is possible for parts of Iowa Saturday night into Sunday.

(Radio Iowa)

Snow today to be followed by bitterly cold temps tonight (2/25)

Weather

February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Snow will spread from northwest to southeast across Iowa today, then gradually clear out tonight leaving behind a swath of moderate to heavy accumulation.

Snowfall prediction map (NWS) 2/25/15

Snowfall prediction map (NWS) 2/25/15

The National Weather Service says bitterly cold weather will then settle over region once again from late tonight into Saturday morning with near record cold possible at times. Snow chances will then return from the weekend into early next week

The Freese-Notis Weather Forecast for Atlantic (2/25/15)

Weather

February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

**Winter Weather Advisory 6am-8pm for Harrison & Shelby Co.; Winter Weather Advisory from 3-pm until 9-pm for Cass-Adair-Adams-Audubon-Crawford-Ringgold-Taylor & Union Counties; Winter Storm Warning in effect until 9pm for Guthrie-Dallas-Carroll and Sac Counties.**
Today: A 90% chance of snow (mainly after noon). Temperature rising to near 31 by noon, then falling to around 23 during the remainder of the day. E/SE @ 10-25.Wind chill values as low as 10. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 0. N @ 15-30. Wind chill values as low as -15. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Thursday: Becoming P/Cldy. High near 6. N @ 10-25. Wind chill values as low as -15. Thu. Night: Mostly clear, with a low around -12. N/NW @ 5-10. Wind chill values as low as -20.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 12. S/SE @ 5.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -2.
Saturday: Mo. Cldy w/a 30% chance of snow after noon. High near 25.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 44. Our low for the 24-hour period ending at 7-a.m. today will go down as 16. At 5:50-a.m. in Atlantic, it was 26 degrees.

Winter Weather Advisory (Update) 2/25/15

Weather

February 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD
437 AM CST WED FEB 25 2015

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM CST THIS EVENING.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS
BEFORE DIMINISHING DURING THE EARLY EVENING HOURS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…2 TO 4 INCHES…IN AREAS SOUTH/EAST OF CASS COUNTY, GENERALLY 2 TO 5 INCHES WITH LESS AMOUNTS FARTHER SOUTHWEST TOWARD BEDFORD.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…WINDS WILL INITIALLY BE EAST AT AROUND 10 MPH THIS MORNING BUT INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH BY AFTERNOON AS THEY BECOME MORE NORTHERLY. VISIBILITIES WILL DROP TO A MILE OR SO DURING PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW.

* IMPACTS…MODERATE SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE SNOW COVERED ROADS AND HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW MAY ALSO LEAD TO DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS THIS EVENING EVEN AFTER THE HEAVIEST SNOW HAS ENDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.