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Winter Storm Warning: Harrison & Monona Counties

Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

1043 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER STORM CONTINUES TO IMPACT THE REGION...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

* TIMING...OCCASIONAL MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING
  WITH THE STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS CAUSING BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATION...ADDITIONAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE
  EXPECTED...BRINGING TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS INTO THE 4 TO 8
  INCH RANGE ACROSS HARRISON COUNTY.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH
  THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

* MAIN IMPACT...SLICK ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES ARE THE MAIN
  IMPACTS. VISIBILITIES MAY DROP TO A HALF MILE OR LESS DUE TO
  SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS SEVERE
WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT
AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY
TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA
FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY.

Winter Weather Advisory update: Sun., March 10th

Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR COUNTIES...
947 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY...

* TIMING...LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW...MIXED WITH LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AT
  TIMES...IS SPREADING ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING AND WILL
  SWITCH OVER TO ALL SNOW BY THE AFTERNOON. MODERATE SNOWFALL IS
  POSSIBLE FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL
  TAPER OFF BY MONDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3
  TO 6 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY MORNING. A LIGHT GLAZING
  IS ALSO POSSIBLE THIS MORNING.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH
  GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED FROM INTO TONIGHT...RESULTING
  IN BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF LESS THAN A HALF MILE
  AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE
  THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS BY TONIGHT. ROADS
  MAY BECOME ICY AS INITIALLY THE SNOW MELTS AND REFREEZES. AS SNOW
  ACCUMULATES ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning Issued for Listening Area

Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY...
SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY...
-GREENE-BOONE-GUTHRIE-
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY...
MADISON-UNION-CLARKE-RINGGOLD
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY...

 

...WINTER STORM TO AFFECT MUCH OF IOWA TODAY AND TONIGHT...
A STORM SYSTEM APPROACHING FROM THE SOUTHWEST WILL BRING MODERATE
TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOWFALL TO PARTS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST IOWA
BY MONDAY MORNING. NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE BY
THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL PERIOD...THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY
TONIGHT...CAUSING HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO LOW
VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVERED ROADS.

AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...AUDUBON...ATLANTIC...GREENFIELD...
CORNING...BEDFORD
421 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 AM CDT MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR MODERATE SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM
THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW...POSSIBLY MIXED WITH LIGHT
  FREEZING RAIN AT TIMES...WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA THIS
  MORNING BEFORE SWITCHING OVER TO ALL SNOW BY THE AFTERNOON.
  MODERATE SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
  TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY MONDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3
  TO 5 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY MORNING. A LIGHT GLAZING
  IS ALSO POSSIBLE THIS MORNING.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH
  HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED FROM THIS AFTERNOON INTO
  TONIGHT...RESULTING IN BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF
  LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE
  THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS BY TONIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARLAN...COUNCIL BLUFFS...GLENWOOD...
RED OAK...SIDNEY...HAMBURG...TABOR...FARRAGUT...CLARINDA...
SHENANDOAH
735 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT
MONDAY...

-GREENE-BOONE-GUTHRIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NORTHWOOD...GARNER...MASON CITY...
CLARION...FORT DODGE...WEBSTER CITY...JEFFERSON...BOONE...
GUTHRIE CENTER
421 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 AM CDT MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS
NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW...POSSIBLY MIXED WITH LIGHT
  FREEZING RAIN AT TIMES...WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA THIS
  MORNING BEFORE SWITCHING OVER TO ALL SNOW BY THE AFTERNOON.
  MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE FROM THIS AFTERNOON
  THROUGH TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY MONDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 5
  TO 8 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS CAN BE EXPECTED BY
  MONDAY MORNING. A LIGHT GLAZING IS ALSO POSSIBLE THIS MORNING.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH
  HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED FROM THIS AFTERNOON INTO
  TONIGHT...RESULTING IN BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF
  LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE
  THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS BY TONIGHT.

Skyscan Forecast 03-09-2013

Podcasts, Weather

March 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

SKYSCAN FORECAST           SATURDAY MARCH 9, 2013

Today: Rain and some thunder. S @ 10-15 w/ gusts up to 20.  H 50.

Tonight: Chance of light rain with some snow mixing in. S @ 5-15 turning NW.  L 32.

Sunday: Mostly Cloudy.  Light rain/snow mix ending early.  NW @ 15-20 w/ gusts up to 30.  H 32 early with temps falling throughout the day.

Monday: Partly cloudy.  H mid 30’s.

Tuesday: Clear. H mid to upper 40’s.

Water summary shows Iowa groundwater levels remain at or near historic lows

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

March 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Some much need rain and snow melt is expected around Iowa this weekend. The latest water summary update, released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, shows poor stream flow conditions and groundwater levels at or near historic lows across the state. Tim Hall, with the DNR, says the good news is Iowa received above normal precipitation in both January and February. “That’s tempered by the fact that January and February are pretty dry months, typically, to begin with,” Hall says. “So, above normal precipitation in a dry month isn’t the greatest thing in the world to shout about.” Sioux, Palo Alto, Osceola and Crawford counties are especially hard hit by low levels of shallow groundwater, according to Hall.

“We’re seeing places in northwest Iowa that were struggling to keep up with demand last summer and they’re going into this year with groundwater levels lower than they were a year ago,” Hall says. “So, they’re starting off in a weaker position.” Across much of northern Iowa, much of the rain and snow melt this weekend will runoff directly in streams, lakes or low lying areas because of concrete frost.

“That involves an ice layer frozen into the upper most part of the soil profile, which prevents rain or snow melt from getting very far down into the ground,” Hall explained. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop across Iowa tonight and into tomorrow (Saturday). A cold front is forecast to move into the state by Sunday and bring a chance of snow.

(Radio Iowa)

Marne to Host Storm Spotter Training March 13th

News, Weather

March 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon reports the Marne Fire Department and Cass County Emergency Management Agency will host a Storm Spotter Training Program on Wednesday, March 13th, from 7-to 9-pm., at the Marne Fire Station. Kennon says a meteorologist from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Des Moines will be on-hand to provide participants with information about safely observing and reporting severe weather. The session is FREE, open to the general public, and no registration is required.

Each year, National Weather Service meteorologists from Des Moines travel to many counties they serve, to provide a comprehensive multi-media spotter training presentation. The course contains information about severe weather climatology, severe thunderstorm types, different severe weather threats and how to identify them, how to report severe weather, spotter safety and severe weather communications. Spotter training classes typically last between one and two hours.

Trained Spotters provide an invaluable service for the Weather Service. Real-time observations provide a truly reliable information base for severe weather detection and verification. Timely and accurate observations assist NWS staff members in their warning decisions, enabling the NWS to fulfill its mission of protecting life and property.

The Spotter Training class on March 13th is sponsored by the Cass County Emergency Management Agency. Questions concerning the class should be directed to the Cass County EMA coordinator, Mike Kennon at 712-254-1500.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Fri., March 8th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

March 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis (Podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area and weather data for Atlantic…

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Fri., March 8th 2013

Weather

March 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

354 AM CST FRI MAR 8 2013

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TONIGHT…A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.

SATURDAY…SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.

SATURDAY NIGHT…AREAS OF FOG THROUGH MIDNIGHT. RAIN THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN RAIN AND SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH INCREASING TO NORTH 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 80 PERCENT.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., March 7th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….

NWS forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: Thu., March 7th 2013

Weather

March 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(updated 4:18-a.m.)

Today: Patchy fog through mid-morning. Mostly Sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values as low as 5. Breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.
Friday Night: Rain likely, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday: Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 49. South southeast wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Breezy.
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Blustery.