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January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-
1238 PM CST MON JAN 20 2014

    …SNOW AND COLDER TEMPERATURES SPREAD SOUTH ACROSS IOWA…

A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVING INTO NORTHERN IOWA WILL MOVE SOUTH THIS
AFTERNOON. SHARPLY COLDER TEMPERATURES WILL FOLLOW THE FRONT. SNOW
WILL ALSO MOVE SOUTH WITH THIS FRONT. THOUGH SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL
BE GENERALLY AROUND AN INCH…GUSTY NORTH WINDS WILL CAUSE BLOWING
SNOW AND LOCAL VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. LOCAL VISIBILITY MAY BE
REDUCED TO UNDER ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES IN OPEN AREAS THIS
AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING.

THE SNOW OVER NORTHERN IOWA WILL SPREAD SOUTH TO THE I-80 CORRIDOR
BY MID AFTERNOON…AND TO THE MISSOURI BORDER BY 6 PM. SNOW WILL
END FROM NORTH TO SOUTH THIS EVENING.

TEMPERATURES WILL FALL TO THE TEENS NORTH…TO AROUND 30 SOUTH BY
6 PM.

Wind Advisory this afternoon in southwest counties

Weather

January 20th, 2014 by Chris Parks

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
712 AM CST MON JAN 20 2014

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM CST
THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM
CST THIS EVENING.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH
  ARE EXPECTED DURING THE ADVISORY

* IMPACTS...DRIVING WILL BE DIFFICULT. WATCH FOR LOCALLY REDUCED
  VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING DUST.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO
39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS
STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Wind Chill Advisory late tonight for the northern counties

Weather

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (1/20-21)) TO NOON CST TUESDAY (1/21)…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST TUESDAY.

* TIMING…TEMPERATURES WILL FALL THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. THE COLDEST AIR WILL ARRIVE AROUND MIDNIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* WINDS…A NORTHWEST WIND AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH THIS EVENING WILL DIMINISH ONLY SLIGHTLY OVERNIGHT ALTHOUGH GUSTS WILL NOT BE AS STRONG OVERNIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES/WIND CHILL VALUES…LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL DROP TO NEAR 15 BELOW ACROSS THE NORTH WITH ZERO TO 5 BELOW ALONG THE HIGHWAY 30 CORRIDOR.

* IMPACTS…BITTER COLD WIND CHILLS MAY RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., Jan. 20th 2014

Podcasts, Weather

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, along with weather information for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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NWS forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: Mon., 1/20/14

Weather

January 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Today: Rain and snow likely, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 41. Windy, with a northwest wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Tonight: Snow likely, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -15. Windy, with a north wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 11 to 16 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 14. Wind chill values as low as -15. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. South wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 21. Blustery.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -4. Blustery.

Thursday: Sunny and cold, with a high near 10.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 34. Breezy.

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: Sunday, 1/19/14

Weather

January 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Today: Sunny, with a high near 51. Wind chill values as low as zero early. West southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

M.L.King Day: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 37. Northwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -15. Blustery, with a north wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Blustery.

Winter weather brings snow, wind to Iowa

News, Weather

January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans are dealing with another blast of winter weather that has caused snarled traffic and threatened to dump nearly a half-foot of snow on some areas. All of Iowa is under some type of weather advisory from the National Weather Service. Most of the northwestern half is under a winter weather advisory, with much of the southwestern half is under a wind advisory, with gusts of 45 mph or higher expected until sunset.

At Iowa City, a multi-vehicle pileup blamed on bad weather shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 on Saturday morning. At least one lane had reopened by late morning. The National Weather Service says a fast-moving winter storm could dump as much as 5 inches of snow in and around the Dubuque area on Saturday.

Winter Weather Advisory continues until 6-pm Saturday

Weather

January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CARROLL-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-MADISON-COUNTIES….

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING…

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW AND SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE MORNING WITH SNOW SHOWERS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE BY NOON TO SPEEDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH ALONG WITH HIGHER GUSTS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…UNDER AN INCH WEST OF AN OTTUMWA…DES MOINES…FORT DODGE LINE AND UP TO 2 INCHES TOWARD WATERLOO.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OVER 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE AFTER NOON. THIS WILL BE ESPECIALLY TRUE IN ANY SNOW SHOWERS THAT DEVELOP. THIS WILL CREATE AN AREA OF LOW LEVEL BLOWING SNOW AND VISIBILITY REDUCTIONS. AREAS WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES MAY OCCUR.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL COULD BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND HAZARDOUS ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON WHERE THE HIGHEST WINDS…SNOW SHOWERS…AND ONE INCH OR MORE OF SNOW OCCURS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO STRONG WINDS BLOWING SNOW AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6-pm Saturday

Weather

January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-

PAGE-CRAWFORD-AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES…

1043 AM CST SAT JAN 18 2014

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING…

* WINDS…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 TO 55 MPH ARE EXPECTED.

* IMPACTS…DRIVING WILL BE DIFFICULT. WATCH FOR DEBRIS ON ROADS ALONG WITH LOCALLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING DUST. SOME SNOW SHOWERS COULD ALSO REDUCE VISIBILITIES…MAINLY ACROSS WESTERN IOWA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Iowa DOT offers map showing location of snowplows

News, Weather

January 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials want people to know where snowplows are working during winter weather.

The state Department of Transportation is offering an interactive online map that shows where the vehicles are currently located. It’s under the agency’s winter driving section.

When snowplow icons are clicked, a visitor can see where its location was last reported and what direction it was headed. It also gives the reported air temperature.

Data is fed automatically every two minutes from the snowplows.

The map is available via desktop or mobile device.