412 AM CST SUN MAR 3 2013
TODAY…CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND SLEET IN THE EVENING…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW POSSIBLY MIXED WITH SLEET OVERNIGHT. LOW AROUND 30. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.
MONDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN RAIN AND SNOW LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 60 PERCENT.
MONDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. SNOW LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH. LOW IN THE MID 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 70 PERCENT.
TUESDAY…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20.
WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH AROUND 30. LOW 15 TO 20.
An upper level area of low pressure is forecast to push across the Northern Plains through the weekend and enter the Midwest by late Sunday night. The low will continue to track eastward throughout the day Monday and clear the area by Tuesday. Snow is forecast to develop late Sunday night in northwest Iowa and spread south and east during the day Monday. Snow is likely to continue, especially across northern Iowa Monday night into Tuesday. Moderate to locally heavy snowfall is possible across northern Iowa late Sunday night through Tuesday and lighter amounts are forecast further south. However, uncertainties still remain with the exact track of the low pressure and may lead to a significant change in the location of the heaviest snow. An upper level ridge of high pressure is expected to build into the Central U.S. by mid week and will provide a gradual warming trend beginning Thursday.
Here’s the (podcast) weather forecast for the KJAN listening area as prepared by Freese-Notis Meteorologist Wesley Rondinelli, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…
February ended on a snowy note across sections of Iowa, and that helped make the month overall a little wetter than normal. State climatologist Harry Hillaker keeps track of the precipitation. “Statewide about a quarter inch more than usual, nothing really greatly out of the ordinary as far as totals go…basically about the southeast half of the state has an unusually wet February. Unfortunately parts of west-central and southwest Iowa in particular were on the dry side of normal there,” Hillaker says.
In Atlantic, the average High for Feb. 2013 was 36-degrees, which is in line with the normal High for the month. The average Low last month was 15, which was just one degree shy of the normal 16-degree average. Hillaker says temperature readings didn’t show anything that stood out. He says he doesn’t have all the numbers in yet, but things will be very close to normal. “Preliminarily I’ve got us at two-tenths of a degree above normal, that’s about as close to normal as we can get it. Pretty much it was kind of warmer the first half of the month and consistently on the cool side the second half of the month, and basically canceled each other out and very close to normal overall,” Hillaker says.
Hillaker says the snow late in February turned around what had been a lack of the white stuff for most of this winter. One storm dumped a statewide average of just over five inches of snow, while another left an average of four inches across the state. In Atlantic, we received a total of 5.6-inches of snow in February, which had a liquid precipitation value of just under one-half inch, or .46″.
Average High for the month: 36.2 degrees. Average Low: 15.3. Precipitation (including any rainfall & melted snow): .46″. Snowfall total: 5.6″.
The normal average high for the month is 36, the normal average low is 16. Normal precip. is .85″.
Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic.
359 AM CST FRI MAR 1 2013
TODAY...CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW 10 TO 15. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S.
MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S.
Officials with the National Weather Service in Des Moines say it appears that central Iowa will not get a break in the action. We will still see light snow or flurries over mainly Eastern Iowa today from the Tuesday system. After a brief break over the weekend another storm system will be taking shape and will affect the upper Midwest and Northern plains beginning Sunday night and ending early Tuesday. This system will have the potential to produce moderate to even locally heavy snowfall and it passes Iowa but it is too early to determine exactly where the heaviest snow will fall.
The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather data for Atlantic….
(3:46-a.m. CST 2/28/13)
Today: Cloudy, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Tonight: Cloudy, with a low around 20. North wind 8 to 11 mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. North wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. North wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 34.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Monday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 40%.