Prepared by the Nat’l. Weather Service…
Today: Rain likely before 9am. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 25 by 4pm. Windy, with a west southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight: Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -5. Windy, with a northwest wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 26. Wind chill values as low as -10. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as 5. South southwest wind around 7 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36. West wind 7 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 44.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 45.
618 AM CST SUN DEC 9 2012
TODAY AND TONIGHT: STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT WITH GUSTS APPROACHING 35 MPH. IN ADDITION…MUCH COLDER AIR WILL SPREAD INTO THE AREA TONIGHT WITH WIND CHILL VALUES DROPPING TO AROUND 10 BELOW OVERNIGHT.
PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING…POSSIBLY MIXING WITH RAIN SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 30. LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED WITH THE SNOW. STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS ARE FORECAST TO DEVELOP BY THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE TONIGHT WITH A FEW GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 35 MPH. IN ADDITION…MUCH COLDER AIR WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT AND THE COMBINATION OF WINDS AND CHILLY TEMPERATURES WILL DROP WIND CHILLS FROM 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO OVERNIGHT.
IT WILL TURN SHARPLY COLDER TODAY AS NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH GUST TO AROUND 40 MPH.
Tonight: A chance of rain before 3am, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 32. South southeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Sunday: A slight chance of rain and snow before 9am, then a slight chance of snow between 9am and noon. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 21 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as 5. Windy, with a northwest wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -5. Windy, with a northwest wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 27. Wind chill values as low as -10. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36.
4:45-p.m. NWS/Des Moines
TONIGHT…CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW LIKELY LATE IN THE NIGHT. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
SUNDAY…CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW BEFORE NOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. MUCH COLDER. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST 5 TO 10 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
The Freese-Notis forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic.
351 AM CST FRI DEC 7 2012
TODAY…CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. EAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 20S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW AND RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN SCATTERED FLURRIES IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH INCREASING TO 25 TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 40 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. MUCH COLDER. SCATTERED FLURRIES THROUGH MIDNIGHT. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE.
MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 20S.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say drought conditions have slightly improved in the state. The state Department of Natural Resources says in a Thursday report that Iowa received a little more than an inch of rainfall in November. That’s half of its normal rainfall during that month.
But the state’s area of exceptional drought and other categories of drought intensity have slightly dropped. Officials say they expect little or no additional groundwater recharge before spring because frost will enter the soil with the approaching winter.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – An ad for a fast food restaurant back in the mid 1980′s asked the question “Where’s the Beef?” These days, people in the Midwest are asking, “Where’s the snow?” Cities all across the region are setting records for the lack of the white stuff. Lincoln, NE, is seeing its 297th day in a row without measurable snow. The former record was 295 snow-free days in 2004.
The National Weather Service says the 285 snowless days as of Wednesday in Omaha breaks the record 284 days that ended Dec. 30, 2006. The Des Moines, Iowa, record of 277 days set in 1889 is being matched today (Thursday). Elsewhere in the Midwest, Chicago and Milwaukee have yet to have their first measurable snow of the season.
But good news may be ahead for winter wonderland fans: The service says snow is in the forecasts for Saturday night or Sunday in Nebraska and Iowa, the next day in Chicago.