314 PM CST SAT DEC 21 2013
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY…
* TIMING…SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA LATER THIS EVENING WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW FALLING DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF SUNDAY. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO COME TO AN END SUNDAY MORNING…ALTHOUGH FLURRIES MAY LINGER THROUGH THE DAY.
* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS…5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY.
* WINDS/VISIBILITY…GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT AT 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 25 TO 30 MPH AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY. BLOWING SNOW COULD REDUCE VISIBILITIES FURTHER IN ADDITION TO FALLING SNOW.
* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AS THEY BECOME COVERED WITH SNOW. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL WILL BE POSSIBLE DUE TO THE SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans across much of the state are preparing for a wintery blast that’s predicted to bring up to 8 inches of snow to some areas. The National Weather Service says a winter system is expected to bring snow and ice Saturday night, starting in Iowa’s southwest corner and moving up to its northeast corner. South-central areas are expected to see less accumulation — between 3 to 5 inches in the Des Moines area — while more southern regions could see up to 8 inches of snow.
Meteorologists say light snow is expected to begin around mid-afternoon Saturday in central Iowa and gradually get heavier into the night until about 3 a.m. Sunday. Frigid conditions follow, with temperatures expected to drop to and remain in the single digits on Monday.
…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect from 6-pm this evening to 6-pm Sunday, for Cass, Adair, Adams, Guthrie, Dallas Counties and until 6-am Sunday for Montgomery, Fremont & Page Counties. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 3-pm today until 6-pm Sunday for Madison and Union Counties.
Today: Cloudy w/a 20% chance of snow after 4pm. High near 25. N-NE @ 5-10.
Tonight: Snow. Low around 14. N-NW @ 15-25. Wind chill values as low as zero. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Sunday: Patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of snow before noon, then a chance for flurries. Temperature rising to near 16 by noon, then falling to around 11 during the remainder of the day. N-NW @ 15-25. Wind chill values as low as -5.
Sunday Night: Scattered flurries. Low around -4. NW @ 10-25. Wind chill values as low as -20.
Monday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 7. Northwest wind 5 to 11 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -4.
Tuesday: Partly sunny & breezy, with a high near 21.
354 AM CST SAT DEC 21 2013
…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect from 6-pm this evening to 6-pm Sunday, for Cass, Adair, Adams, Guthrie and Dallas Counties and a WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect from 5-pm Saturday until 6-am Sunday for Montgomery, Fremont & Page Counties…
TODAY…CLOUDY. A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…SNOW LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 4 INCHES. LOW AROUND 15. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 90 PERCENT.
SUNDAY…CLOUDY. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW IN THE MORNING. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN SCATTERED FLURRIES IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH 15 TO 20. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 20 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. SCATTERED FLURRIES. LOW ZERO TO 5 BELOW. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS 15 TO 20 BELOW.
MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. COLDER. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS 15 TO 20 BELOW IN THE MORNING.
MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW ZERO TO 5 BELOW.
TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE.
…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY…FOR: GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-COUNTIES.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
SNOW IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD THE AREA LATE TODAY AND LINGER INTO SUNDAY. A TOTAL OF 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY. GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY. BLOWING SNOW COULD REDUCE VISIBILITIES FURTHER IN ADDITION TO FALLING SNOW.
ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AS THEY BECOME COVERED WITH SNOW. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CAN BE EXPECTED DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO STRONG WINDS BLOWING SNOW AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.
…A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT FOR: & MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE COUNTIES.
LIGHT SNOW SHOULD DEVELOP BY LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLICK. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL WILL BE POSSIBLE…ESPECIALLY TOWARD AND AFTER MIDNIGHT. TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS IN THE WATCH AREA MAY REACH 3 TO 6 INCHES.
Snow and a wintery mix is expected for much of Iowa beginning Saturday afternoon into Sunday. The Iowa DOT recommends the following tips for safe winter travel during the impending storm:
Is the trip necessary? Trips during severe winter weather can take three or four times longer than normal. Often, delaying a trip by a few hours can give snow removal crews time to get the roads back to normal winter driving conditions. For traveler information, now available via the web, Twitter, Facebook or on your mobile device, visit www.511ia.org. Or simply call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).
Before you go, let someone know when you are leaving, when you expect to arrive and your intended route. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Use your vehicle’s safety equipment . Make sure you and your passengers are wearing their seatbelts or are in a child safety seat. Your vehicle’s headlights are a valuable asset when driving in winter weather. Turn them on to see and be seen.
Use your winter driving skills. Do not use cruise control, it can make it difficult to maintain control if you hit a slick spot. Allow extra stopping distance by keeping distance between your vehicle and the one ahead. Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers. Slow down, accelerate more slowly and apply the brakes in an even, controlled manner. Carry an emergency survival kit and other supplies. Carry a mobile phone for making an emergency call; do not use it while driving.
Use caution when approaching, following or passing a snowplow. Snowplows generally operate at much slower speeds than other traffic. Snowplows can be forced sideways when clearing hard-packed drifts and generate a “snow cloud” that may reduce visibility for nearby vehicles. Remain a safe distance behind the snowplow, pass only when clear and never continue to drive alongside a plow. Allow plenty of space when passing a snowplow because the wing of the plow blade extends out to the side of the truck and the front blade extends well ahead of the truck.
320 PM CST FRI DEC 20 2013
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.
* TIMING…LIGHT SNOW SHOULD DEVELOP BY LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.
* MAIN IMPACT…ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLICK. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL WILL BE POSSIBLE.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS IN THE WATCH AREA MAY REACH 3 TO 6 INCHES.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
AREA COUNTIES: CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR 344 AM CST FRI DEC 20 2013
…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…
* TIMING…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…FREEZING DRIZZLE AND LIGHT FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING IN CENTRAL IOWA.
* STORM TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH ARE EXPECTED WITH A DUSTING OF SNOW POSSIBLE NORTH OF HIGHWAY 20.
* IMPACTS...THE ICE WILL PRIMARILY POSE A HAZARD TO TRAVELERS AS ROADS…SIDEWALKS…AND OTHER SURFACES WILL BE SLICK. ANYONE PLANNING TO TRAVEL THIS MORNING SHOULD BE VERY CAUTIONS AND MONITOR ROAD CONDITIONS CLOSELY. PARKING LOTS AND SIDEWALKS WILL LIKELY BE ESPECIALLY SLICK.
A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
340 AM CST FRI DEC 20 2013
...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…
TODAY…CLOUDY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE MORNING.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 15. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT BECOMING LIGHT.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. BREEZY. LOW AROUND 15. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW IN THE MORNING. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN SCATTERED FLURRIES IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…COLDER. HIGH 15 TO 20. NORTHWEST WIND AROUND 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 20 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW ZERO TO 5 BELOW.
MONDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE.