339 AM CST MON JAN 16 2012 NWS/Des Moines
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. COLDER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LIGHT SNOW LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY… COLDER. SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 1 INCH. LOW 15 TO 20. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SNOW 70 PERCENT.
TUESDAY…CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. BREEZY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLDER. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW AROUND 15. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S.
(source: Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines – valid 5-a.m. Sat.)
Today: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 40. North northwest wind between 6 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind 7 to 10 mph becoming south.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 53. Windy, with a south southwest wind between 11 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. North northwest wind between 5 and 13 mph.
M.L.King Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 35. North northeast wind between 8 and 13 mph.
Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy and blustery, with a low around 15.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly sunny and blustery, with a high near 20.
Here’s the Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area….
410 AM CST FRI JAN 13 2012
TODAY…SUNNY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW 15 TO 20. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY RISING AFTER MIDNIGHT. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SUNDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. COLDER. HIGH AROUND 40.
Here’s the Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area…
355 AM CST THU JAN 12 2012
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING for – Cass, Adair, Adams, Audubon, Crawford, Carroll, Guthrie, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties…
TODAY…CLOUDY…WINDY…COLDER. OCCASIONAL FLURRIES. HIGH 15 TO 20. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 30 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 15. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.
SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 30.
Road conditions are deteriorating rapidly this evening. Slow down, expect black ice conditions!
Winter driving tips from the Iowa DOT
Fill your vehicle’s gas tank. Before traveling in winter weather, always keep your vehicle’s gas tank nearly full and make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition. Use your vehicle’s safety equipment. Your vehicle’s headlights are a valuable asset when driving in winter weather. Turn them on to see and be seen. Make sure you and your passengers are wearing their seat belts, and any children are in their child safety seats.
Never use cruise control during winter weather. Your vehicle’s cruise control sensors may not work properly if the tires are traveling on packed snow or ice. This can cause your vehicle to increase speed and increase the danger of a crash.
Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. This kit should contain items to help sustain your life and the lives of your passengers should your vehicle become stranded. These items can include: booster cables, candles and matches, a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra blankets and warm clothes, nonperishable food items, a can for melting water, and a snow shovel. Sufficient supplies should be in the kit for all persons traveling in the vehicle.
Use caution when approaching or following a snowplow. Snowplows generally operate at much slower speeds than other traffic. Snowplows can be forced sideways when clearing hard-packed drifts and generate a “snow cloud” that may impair the vision of drivers in nearby vehicles. Remain a safe distance behind the snowplow, pass only when clear; and never continue to drive alongside a plow. Allow plenty of space when passing the snowplow because the wing of the plow blade extends out to the side of the truck. Do not cut back into the lane of traffic too closely in front of a snowplow truck because the blade also extends in front of the truck.
Remember the slogans, “Ice and Snow …Take It Slow” and “Don’t crowd the plow.”
Check on the latest travel conditions. Visit www.511ia.org or call 511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). You can also receive 511 traveler information via Twitter or text message. Visit the 511 website and click on the “Twitter” icon to select your desired Twitter feeds. Feeds are available for six Iowa metropolitan areas (Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Quad Cities, Sioux City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo), each of the state’s 99 counties, all traffic alerts and breaking news.
So many accidents are piling-up along Interstate 29 and I-80 in western Iowa, authorities can simply not keep up. Snow and strong, gusty winds have contributed to the accidents along both stretches of road this evening. Scanner traffic indicated anywhere from 20-to 30 vehicles had gone off the road along a stretch of I-29 from Glenwood north to the I-680 split by 4:30-pm. Most have not resulted in injuries, or minor injuries at best. In one accident, a Glenwood School bus loaded with students reportedly hit an SUV near I-29 northbound and Highway 92. No word yet on any injuries.
The forecast for far western Iowa and extreme eastern Nebraska calls for snow to continue this evening, especially east and south of a line from Seward, NE to Lincoln, NE to Omaha and Onawa, IA. Snowfall amounts thus far have been light, just a few tenths of an inch, however, some of the snow may melt on the roads. When combined with northwest winds of 30-to 45-mph and temperatures falling below freezing, roads have been, and will become slick.
Slow down and use your Winter Weather driving skills. Allow extra time to reach your destination.