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(Update) Winter Weather Advisory for Cass & area Counties until midnight

Weather

January 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Services has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect until Midnight for the following Counties: Cass-Adair-Audubon-Dallas-Guthrie-Madison. A Winter Weather Advisory continues until 6-p.m. for Shelby-Pottawattamie-Mills and Fremont Counties. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6-p.m. for Harrison County. A Blizzard Warning continues until 6-p.m. for Monona County, and until midnight for Crawford and Sac Counties.

A transition of rain and drizzle to a brief wintry mix before switching to all snow is expected during the evening commute. During the changeover from rain to snow, strong winds are expected to develop and are likely to cause visibility restrictions at times. Plan on slippery road conditions. Snow accumulations of up to one inch and very light ice accumulations are expected.

.Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow.

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. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Heavy snow is falling in NW Iowa, travel not advised

News, Weather

January 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Road conditions are deteriorating in northwest Iowa as a Blizzard Warning is posted for 19 counties across the region, with another 16 Iowa counties under winter storm warnings and advisories. Forecasters say the region may get between six inches and a foot of snow by tonight (Monday), though some areas may see up to 16 inches. Trooper John Farley, with the Iowa State Patrol, is watching over parts of Interstate 29 and says if you don’t have to go out, don’t. “We’re receiving heavy snowfall, snow and sleet, and it is 100% covered on the interstate consistently between Sioux City and I’m just north of Onawa right now,” Farley says. “We are definitely in that ‘travel not advised’ arena.”

There have been some fender benders and cars sliding into ditches along that stretch of road, he says, but not many. “People have taken the heedings, the warnings that were issued even last night about travel,” Farley says. “There has not been a lot of traffic on the interstate, not that they’re completely empty, but the traffic that is moving is light but it’s very slow. Top speeds are around 35 to 40 miles an hour, tops.”

Snow plows and spreader trucks are out in force, scraping the roadways and sprinkling salt, sand and brine solution. “Oh, yes, our partners with DOT roads, you bet,” Farley says. “They are out and they’re doing a great job. They’re keeping up with it. With the amount of snow that’s coming down, I think it’ll be hard to stay ahead of it, but they are definitely keeping up with it.” Many schools and businesses in the region are closed. The snow likely won’t last too long as forecasters say high temperatures in the state may be climbing as high as the mid-50s later this week. Today’s normal high for Des Moines is 31 degrees.

(Radio Iowa)

Storm brings near blizzard conditions to much of Nebraska

Weather

January 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A winter storm has brought near blizzard conditions to much of Nebraska. The National Weather Service says more than 10 inches (26 centimeters) has already fallen on North Platte in western Nebraska, and near zero visibility has been reported near Cambridge.

Weather service meteorologist Aaron Mangels said around 5:30 a.m. that snow was just starting to fall on Hastings in south-central Nebraska, and he expected 5 to 6 inches (13 to 15 centimeters) to accumulate by the storm’s exit around 3 p.m. The Nebraska Transportation Department websites shows around three-quarters of the state’s roads are covered with snow, but none is listed as impassable. Authorities are encouraging people to avoid any highway travel.

The blizzard warnings extend through northeast Nebraska into northwestern Iowa.

Skyscan Forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 1/22/18

Weather

January 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Today: Cloudy w/rain-drizzle changing to mix precipitation during the afternoon before becoming snow. High around 36 this morning, w/temps nearly stead or falling during the day. N/NE @ 15-30.

Tonight: Snow diminishing to flurries. Becoming P/Cldy. Low 20. NW @ 20-40. (1-3” possible)

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 32. NW @ 15-30.

Wednesday: P/Cldy. High 38.

Thursday: P/Cldy. High 48.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 40 Our Low this morning 36 (Thru 5-a.m.). We received .32” of rain overnight Last year on this date our High was 37 and the Low was 31. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 60 in 1967, and the Low was -27 in 1930.

(Updates): Winter Storm Warning & Advisories – 1/22/18

Weather

January 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Harrison County, in effect until 6-p.m., today (Monday). This replaces the Winter Weather Advisory for Harrison County. Heavy snow expected. Blowing snow too. Plan on difficult travel conditions to develop during the morning and continue in the afternoon. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 7 inches, are expected. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6-p.m. today, for Pottawattamie, and Shelby Counties, and until midnight for Monday (12-a.m. Tuesday), for Audubon, Carroll and Greene Counties. Mixed precipitation expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute on Monday. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected.

And, a Blizzard Warning continues until midnight tonight, for Sac and Crawford Counties. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning commute. Tree branches could fall as well. Snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches are expected.

Stay tuned to KJAN and our social media outlets for updates on the weather situation throughout the day.

Dense Fog Advisory for Cass & area counties until 4-a.m. Monday

Weather

January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Guthrie-Dallas-Cass-Adair-Madison-Adams-Union Counties

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CST MONDAY…

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 4 AM CST Monday.

* VISIBILITY…Below a quarter mile in the advisory area with near zero visibility at times.

* IMPACTS…Travel may be difficult at times due to the reduced visibilities. Drive slowly and allow extra space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Winter Weather Advisory for parts of western IA

Weather

January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Sun Jan 21 2018 WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

A strong storm system will move from the central plains tonight and into the mid Mississippi Valley by Monday evening. Snow is expected to begin later this evening in northeast Nebraska, and spread southeast tonight through Monday. Snow will become heavy late tonight into Monday morning across parts of eastern Nebraska north of I-80 and extend into parts of west central and northwest Iowa. Strong north winds of 25 to 45 mph will develop overnight and continue into Monday across the area. The strong winds will result in blizzard conditions and nearly impossible travel in much of northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa. Farther to the southeast, a wintry mix of precipitation including sleet and freezing rain will turn to snow by Monday morning.

AREA COUNTIES: Harrison-Shelby-Pottawattamie-
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST MONDAY, and from 3-a.m. MONDAY until midnight, for Carroll-Greene and Audubon Counties.

* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute on Monday. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with localized amounts up to 5 inches, and ice accumulations of a light glaze
are expected.

* WHERE…Portions of east central and southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

* WHEN…From midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for reduced visibilities 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. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling
from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Blizzard Warning for parts of western IA

Weather

January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Blizzard Warning for Crawford and Monona Counties from 3-a.m. Monday until Midnight.
* WHAT…Blizzard conditions expected. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during both the morning and evening commutes on Monday. Tree branches could fall as well and potentially affecting powerlines. Total snow accumulations
of 3 to 5 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches, are expected.
* WHEN…3 AM Monday to midnight Monday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Special Weather Statement (update 4-p.m.)

Weather

January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Drizzle & Fog Advisory this evening for Cass-Sac–Crawford-Carroll-Greene-Audubon-Guthrie-Dallas-Adair-Madison-Adams-and Union Counties….
…Reduced Visibilities Late this Afternoon in Drizzle and Fog…

An area of drizzle and fog will continue to reduce visibilities to below one mile across portions of central Iowa late this afternoon. Some spots may see visibilities as low as one quarter mile at times.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area, 1/21/18

Weather

January 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Today: Drizzle likely, mainly between 1pm and 3pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 40. Northeast wind 7 to 11 mph.
Tonight: Rain, mainly before 3am. Patchy fog. Low around 35. Northeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday: Snow likely, possibly mixed with rain, becoming all snow after 5pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 37 by noon, then falling to around 33 during the remainder of the day. Windy, with a northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow before midnight. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Windy, with a north northwest wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. West northwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 37.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 49. Our 24-hour Low (ending at 7-a.m. today) was 21. At 7-a.m., it was 38.