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Widespread blizzard conditons expected today

News, Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A WINTER STORM WILL MOVE OUT OF NEBRASKA AND KANSAS TODAY AND  SHIFT ACROSS IOWA AND INTO ADJACENT AREAS TO THE NORTH AND EAST. AS THIS OCCURS…RAIN WILL TRANSITION TO SNOW INTO CENTRAL AND  NORTHEAST IOWA THIS MORNING AND AFTERNOON.

Areas in red are under a Blizzard Warning; Pink counties are under a Winter Storm Warning; purple counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory today (2/20)

Areas in red are under a Blizzard Warning; Pink counties are under a Winter Storm Warning; purple counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory today (2/20)

A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW FALL IS LIKELY EXTENDING INTO MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN. VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON WITH WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH EXPECTED. THIS WILL CREATE WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD  CONDITIONS THROUGH CENTRAL AND NORTHERN PORTIONS OF IOWA INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. THIS SYSTEM LIKELY WILL CRIPPLE TRAVEL

THE SYSTEM WILL PUSH OUT BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AND COLDER TEMPERATURES ARRIVING FOR THE WEEKEND AND INTO NEXT WEEK. BY THE MIDDLE TO END OF NEXT WEEK…LOW TEMPERATURES COULD BE BELOW ZERO AGAIN AND HIGHS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ACROSS THE REGION.

(National Weather Service)

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., Feb 20 2014

Podcasts, Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area, along w/updates on area Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warning, & more….

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BLIZZARD WARNING UPDATE: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GUTHRIE COUNTIES

Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

442 AM CST THU FEB 20 2014

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY…

…WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* TIMING…RAIN WILL TRANSITION TO SNOW THIS MORNING. A PERIOD OF THUNDERSNOW MAY OCCUR AND CREATE HEAVY SNOW RATES AND RAPIDLY DETERIORATING CONDITIONS. LIGHT WINDS THIS MORNING WILL INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY LATE THIS MORNING AND INTO THIS AFTERNOON.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATONS…3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS.

(Update!) Blizzard Warning issued for Cass, Audubon & Adair Counties

Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

442 AM CST THU FEB 20 2014

SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO IMPACT MUCH OF CENTRAL TO NORTHERN IOWA TODAY AND TONIGHT. .LOW PRESSURE WILL RAPIDLY INTENSIFY AS IT MOVES FROM KANSAS AND THROUGH FAR SOUTHEAST IOWA AND INTO WISCONSIN TODAY. RAIN WILL TRANSITION TO SNOW FROM WEST TO EAST. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ALONG WITH EXTREMELY STRONG WINDS BY AFTERNOON PRODUCING POOR VISIBILITIES AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-COUNTIES:

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY 6 AM FRIDAY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING…RAIN WILL TRANSITION TO SNOW THIS MORNING. A PERIOD OF THUNDERSNOW MAY OCCUR AND CREATE HEAVY SNOW RATES AND RAPIDLY DETERIORATING CONDITIONS. LIGHT WINDS THIS MORNING WILL INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY LATE THIS MORNING AND INTO THIS AFTERNOON.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…WINDS WILL BECOME NORTHWEST ON TODAY AND INCREASE RAPIDLY BY LATE MORNING. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 55 MPH. THIS WILL PRODUCE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREA WITH LIFE-THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

* IMPACTS…THE BAND OF WET AND HEAVY SNOW AND VERY STRONG WINDS MAY LEAD TO LOW VISIBILITY AS WELL AS QUICKLY COVER ROADS MAKING TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties: Thu., 2/20/14

Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Winter Weather Advisories and warnings as well as a Wind Advisory are in effect today. (Go to http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/ for a map of the latest statements)

Today: Rain, snow, and freezing rain before 3pm, then a chance of snow. High near 34. Windy, with a north northeast wind 8 to 13 mph becoming northwest 21 to 26 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Tonight: Widespread blowing snow before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. Wind chill values as low as 10. Windy, with a west northwest wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Wind chill values as low as 5. West southwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36. North northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 29.

Winter Storm Warning continues for Guthrie/Carroll Counties

Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GUTHRIE-DALLAS COUNTIES..

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY.

PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE WARNING AREA WITH SNOWFALL RATES OF UP TO AN INCH PER HOUR. SOME THUNDERSNOW IS ALSO EXPECTED WHICH MAY ENHANCE RATES EVEN MORE. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END BY THURSDAY EVENING AS THE SYSTEM PULLS AWAY.

3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS.

Winter Weather Advisory update

Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE

351 AM CST THU FEB 20 2014

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON.PRECIPITATION WILL MAKE A GRADUAL CHANGE FROM RAIN TO SNOW AFTER 9 AM. 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. SNOW WILL END FROM WEST TO EAST LATER THIS MORNING.

AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON COUNTIES…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY. 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED.

Winter Storm Warning for Harrison-Shelby-Pott Counties

Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTIES…

351 AM CST THU FEB 20 2014

A WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY AND BLOWING SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION WILL MAKE A GRADUAL CHANGE FROM RAIN TO SNOW AFTER 9 AM. 3 TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.

* IMPACTS…INCREASING NORTHWEST WINDS…IN ADDITION TO FALLING HEAVY SNOW…WILL LEAD REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.

Wind Advisory for far west/sw IA Thu. afternoon/evening

Weather

February 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE COUNTIES...353 AM CST THU FEB 20 2014

A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING. WINDS WITH GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH OUT OF THE NORTHWEST ARE EXPECTED DURING THE AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Several inches of snow predicted over Iowa

News, Weather

February 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials are predicting several inches of snow over a large swath of Iowa, with blizzard conditions hitting the northern half of the state. The National Weather Service says anywhere from 3 to 9 inches of snow could fall in central and northern Iowa from the early hours of Thursday into the evening hours.

Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg says the wintry mix of sleet and snow will develop Thursday morning for northern Iowa. Rain will fall in central Iowa until it transitions into snow. Heavy snow will fall from Thursday morning into the afternoon.

Kotenberg says thundersnow — an area of heavy snow with embedded thunder — could occur Thursday. The winter storm system will be largely out of the state by Friday morning as it moves northeast into Wisconsin.