The snow is still falling across northwest and north-central Iowa, with two to four new inches of flakes on the ground. 13 counties across the region are under a Winter Weather Advisory through noon. Meteorologist Mindy Beerends, at the National Weather Service, says the flurries will be flying for a while yet. The light snow and flurries should linger throughout the morning and may start to taper off mid- to late-afternoon. She reminds — the roads are slick and visibility may be reduced by blowing snow.
Here in Atlantic, we received nine-tenths (.9″) of an inch of snow for the 24-hour period that ended today at 7-a.m. That melted into four one-hundredths (.04″) of an inch of liquid precipitation.
From 7-a.m. to 8-a.m., we had picked up an additional tenth-of-an inch (.1″), and light continue was continuing to fall as of 8:40-a.m.
Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….
347 AM CST FRI DEC 28 2012 National Weather Service/Des Moines
EARLY THIS MORNING…LIGHT SNOW AND PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE. NOT AS COLD. LITTLE OR NO NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION. NO ICE ACCUMULATION. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.
TODAY…LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN LIGHT SNOW LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20.
MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. HIGH 15 TO 20. LOW ZERO TO 5 ABOVE.
NEW YEARS DAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The snowstorm that pummeled the upper Midwest last week is helping ease dry conditions in Iowa but hasn’t done much to relax the overall grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that roughly 62 percent of the continental U.S. remains in some form of drought, unchanged from the previous week. That number has been above 60 percent largely since July.
Nearly 22 percent of the lower 48 states are in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories. That also is unchanged from the previous week. All of Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota are in drought. But thanks to last week’s snow, the amount of Iowa in extreme or exceptional drought fell 9 percentage points to 32 percent.
Another week, another snowstorm. A large portion of Iowa is about to get dumped on, according to meteorologist Mindy Beerends at the National Weather Service office in Johnston. A storm system is moving out of the Rockies, tracking east, which will bring us persistent snow starting this afternoon, through tonight and into tomorrow.
At last check, 25 counties in northwest and north-central Iowa are under a Winter Weather Advisory. Beerends says conditions won’t be as bad as last week’s blizzard, but some areas of Iowa will be getting another good dose of snow.
“Right now, mostly across the northern half of Iowa, we’re looking right around three to four inches and there could be a few five-inch reports by the time the snow tapers off sometime Friday,” she says.
The weekend forecast calls for clearing skies and dry weather, with high temperatures warming slightly into the 20s and near-30.
AREA COUNTIES: SAC AND CRAWFORD -
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON CST FRIDAY…
LIGHT SNOW MOVE INTO WEST CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL IOWA BY LATE THIS MORNING…AND WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL PERSIST ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT…BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE FRIDAY MORNING.
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES BY LATE FRIDAY MORNING ARE EXPECTED…WITH SPOTTY 5 INCH AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. .EASTERLY WINDS OF 5 TO 15 MPH ARE EXPECTED. VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED IN SNOW…BUT ARE GENERALLY EXPECTED TO REMAIN ABOVE A MILE.
SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ARE NOT LIKELY…THOUGH ROADS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY WITH THE NEW SNOWFALL. 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.
Here’s the (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….
406 AM CST THU DEC 27 2012
TODAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW BEFORE NOON. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 30 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…NOT AS COLD. LIGHT SNOW LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN LIGHT SNOW AND PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 1 INCH. NO ICE ACCUMULATION. LOW 15 TO 20. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY RISING AFTER MIDNIGHT. EAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.
FRIDAY…CLOUDY. LIGHT SNOW LIKELY AND PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. A LIGHT GLAZING EXPECTED. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH INCREASING TO AROUND 10 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 10. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A powerful storm system that affected the Gulf Coast and parts of the Midwest on Christmas Day could cause some flight delays for people traveling through Iowa and Nebraska for the holidays. The Des Moines Register says Des Moines International Airport has reported some cancellations and delays from regions affected by the storm. Airport workers in Dallas are removing ice as below freezing temperatures forced cancellations. Flights arriving and departing from Denver and Chicago also have been delayed.
Omaha’s Eppley Airfield says some airlines have pushed back a handful of arrival and departure times, but its website shows no cancellations. Post-Christmas travelers are bracing for flight delays and driving warnings after a rare storm brought tornadoes to the South and snow to states like Arkansas and Oklahoma.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Light snow is expected to hit most of Iowa and parts of Nebraska as both states recover from a powerful storm last week. The National Weather Service says up to 3 inches of snow is possible in Iowa between Thursday night and Friday morning. The snow is expected especially along and north of Interstate 80. Between 2 and 4 inches of snow could hit northeast Nebraska between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The snow is expected mainly along and north of Highway 30. Less than an inch of snow is expected south of Lincoln and Plattsmouth. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s in both states on Thursday. A powerful snow storm last week dumped several inches of snow across parts of Iowa and Nebraska.