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Many roads still impassable in western Iowa early Monday morning

News, Weather

March 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Winter Storm that caught many motorists by surprise and left many stranded and seeking shelter, also resulted in numerous accidents and road closures. As of 3-a.m. Monday, the Iowa Department of Transportation said roads along and south of Interstate 80 were completely covered with snow and/or ice. North of I-80, Highway 59, from Harlan all the way north of Highway 20, was completely impassable and whiteout conditions were being experienced. Travel was not advised on Highway 30, between Interstate 29 half-way to Denison, and the road was impassable from the intersection of Highway 37 northeast to Denison. Travel was not advised on I-29 from I-80 to near Sioux City.

Earlier accidents on I-80 two-miles east of Shelby and another near Walnut, blocked traffic in both directions for hours, Sunday. There were injuries reported, but none appeared to have been serious. The accident near Shelby involved several semis and cars. In Cass County, deputies worked to shuttle motorists to area hotels as quickly as possible. When the hotels became full, the Nishna Valley YMCA in Atlantic opened its doors as an emergency shelter. There was no word early Monday morning on how many motorists were being housed there.

Several schools have cancelled or delayed the start of classes for today. For the latest road information, go to 511ia.org, or call 511. Outside of Iowa, call 1-800-288-1047.

Updated forecast for Cass and area Counties in Iowa:

Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

230 PM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT MONDAY…

REST OF TODAY...SNOW…BREEZY…COLDER. NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 2 INCHES. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. NORTH WIND 20 TO 25 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

TONIGHT...SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY…COLDER. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 3 INCHES. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION 4 TO 5 INCHES. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

MONDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 30. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. SCATTERED FLURRIES. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20.

WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. SCATTERED FLURRIES. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S.

Winter Storm Warning continues for Harrison & Monona Counties

News, Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ONAWA…MAPLETON…MISSOURI VALLEY…

WOODBINE…LOGAN…DUNLAP

114 PM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY…

* TIMING…OCCASIONAL MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING WITH THE STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS CAUSING BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATION…ADDITIONAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED…BRINGING TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS INTO THE 4 TO 8 INCH RANGE ACROSS HARRISON COUNTY.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

* MAIN IMPACT…SLICK ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES ARE THE MAIN IMPACTS. VISIBILITIES MAY DROP TO A HALF MILE OR LESS DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Winter Weather Advisory update for western/SW IA

News, Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

1227 PM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013 – All Counties along and south of I-80, including Shelby, Audubon, Crawford and Carroll Counties North of I-80. …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT MONDAY…

* TIMING…LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW…MIXED WITH LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AT TIMES…IS SPREADING ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING AND WILL SWITCH OVER TO ALL SNOW BY THE AFTERNOON. MODERATE SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY MONDAY MORNING. THERE MAY BE A BRIEF PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN DURING THE TRANSITION FROM RAIN TO SNOW.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY MORNING. A LIGHT GLAZING IS ALSO POSSIBLE THIS MORNING.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED FROM INTO TONIGHT… RESULTING IN BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS BY TONIGHT. ROADS MAY BECOME ICY AS INITIALLY THE SNOW MELTS AND REFREEZES. AS SNOW ACCUMULATES ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… 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.

Heavy snow expected in parts of Neb., Iowa

News, Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several inches of snow are expected in parts of Nebraska and Iowa. The National Weather Service says up to six inches of snow could fall Sunday around east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. The heaviest snow is expected in a swath from around David City to Missouri Valley and Onawa. Up to 9 inches of snow could accumulate in some areas. Weather officials say a winter storm warning is in effect until 7 p.m. A blizzard warning is in effect for a smaller swath in south central Nebraska until 4 p.m.

Officials warn that northwest winds with gusts of 35 mph will greatly reduce visibility on roads. They also warn roads could become slick from temperatures dropping below freezing.

Winter Storm Warning: Harrison & Monona Counties

Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

1043 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER STORM CONTINUES TO IMPACT THE REGION...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.

* TIMING...OCCASIONAL MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING
  WITH THE STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS CAUSING BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATION...ADDITIONAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE
  EXPECTED...BRINGING TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS INTO THE 4 TO 8
  INCH RANGE ACROSS HARRISON COUNTY.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH
  THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

* MAIN IMPACT...SLICK ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES ARE THE MAIN
  IMPACTS. VISIBILITIES MAY DROP TO A HALF MILE OR LESS DUE TO
  SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS SEVERE
WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT
AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY
TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA
FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY.

Winter Weather Advisory update: Sun., March 10th

Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR COUNTIES...
947 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY...

* TIMING...LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW...MIXED WITH LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AT
  TIMES...IS SPREADING ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING AND WILL
  SWITCH OVER TO ALL SNOW BY THE AFTERNOON. MODERATE SNOWFALL IS
  POSSIBLE FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL
  TAPER OFF BY MONDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3
  TO 6 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY MORNING. A LIGHT GLAZING
  IS ALSO POSSIBLE THIS MORNING.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH
  GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED FROM INTO TONIGHT...RESULTING
  IN BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF LESS THAN A HALF MILE
  AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE
  THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS BY TONIGHT. ROADS
  MAY BECOME ICY AS INITIALLY THE SNOW MELTS AND REFREEZES. AS SNOW
  ACCUMULATES ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning Issued for Listening Area

Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY...
SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY...
-GREENE-BOONE-GUTHRIE-
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY...
MADISON-UNION-CLARKE-RINGGOLD
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY...

 

...WINTER STORM TO AFFECT MUCH OF IOWA TODAY AND TONIGHT...
A STORM SYSTEM APPROACHING FROM THE SOUTHWEST WILL BRING MODERATE
TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOWFALL TO PARTS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST IOWA
BY MONDAY MORNING. NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE BY
THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL PERIOD...THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY
TONIGHT...CAUSING HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO LOW
VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVERED ROADS.

AUDUBON-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...AUDUBON...ATLANTIC...GREENFIELD...
CORNING...BEDFORD
421 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 AM CDT MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR MODERATE SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM
THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW...POSSIBLY MIXED WITH LIGHT
  FREEZING RAIN AT TIMES...WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA THIS
  MORNING BEFORE SWITCHING OVER TO ALL SNOW BY THE AFTERNOON.
  MODERATE SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
  TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY MONDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3
  TO 5 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY MORNING. A LIGHT GLAZING
  IS ALSO POSSIBLE THIS MORNING.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH
  HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED FROM THIS AFTERNOON INTO
  TONIGHT...RESULTING IN BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF
  LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE
  THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS BY TONIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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.

SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARLAN...COUNCIL BLUFFS...GLENWOOD...
RED OAK...SIDNEY...HAMBURG...TABOR...FARRAGUT...CLARINDA...
SHENANDOAH
735 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT
MONDAY...

-GREENE-BOONE-GUTHRIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NORTHWOOD...GARNER...MASON CITY...
CLARION...FORT DODGE...WEBSTER CITY...JEFFERSON...BOONE...
GUTHRIE CENTER
421 AM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 AM CDT MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS
NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW...POSSIBLY MIXED WITH LIGHT
  FREEZING RAIN AT TIMES...WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA THIS
  MORNING BEFORE SWITCHING OVER TO ALL SNOW BY THE AFTERNOON.
  MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE FROM THIS AFTERNOON
  THROUGH TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY MONDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 5
  TO 8 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS CAN BE EXPECTED BY
  MONDAY MORNING. A LIGHT GLAZING IS ALSO POSSIBLE THIS MORNING.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH
  HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED FROM THIS AFTERNOON INTO
  TONIGHT...RESULTING IN BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF
  LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE
  THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS BY TONIGHT.

Skyscan Forecast 03-09-2013

Podcasts, Weather

March 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

SKYSCAN FORECAST           SATURDAY MARCH 9, 2013

Today: Rain and some thunder. S @ 10-15 w/ gusts up to 20.  H 50.

Tonight: Chance of light rain with some snow mixing in. S @ 5-15 turning NW.  L 32.

Sunday: Mostly Cloudy.  Light rain/snow mix ending early.  NW @ 15-20 w/ gusts up to 30.  H 32 early with temps falling throughout the day.

Monday: Partly cloudy.  H mid 30’s.

Tuesday: Clear. H mid to upper 40’s.

Water summary shows Iowa groundwater levels remain at or near historic lows

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

March 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Some much need rain and snow melt is expected around Iowa this weekend. The latest water summary update, released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, shows poor stream flow conditions and groundwater levels at or near historic lows across the state. Tim Hall, with the DNR, says the good news is Iowa received above normal precipitation in both January and February. “That’s tempered by the fact that January and February are pretty dry months, typically, to begin with,” Hall says. “So, above normal precipitation in a dry month isn’t the greatest thing in the world to shout about.” Sioux, Palo Alto, Osceola and Crawford counties are especially hard hit by low levels of shallow groundwater, according to Hall.

“We’re seeing places in northwest Iowa that were struggling to keep up with demand last summer and they’re going into this year with groundwater levels lower than they were a year ago,” Hall says. “So, they’re starting off in a weaker position.” Across much of northern Iowa, much of the rain and snow melt this weekend will runoff directly in streams, lakes or low lying areas because of concrete frost.

“That involves an ice layer frozen into the upper most part of the soil profile, which prevents rain or snow melt from getting very far down into the ground,” Hall explained. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop across Iowa tonight and into tomorrow (Saturday). A cold front is forecast to move into the state by Sunday and bring a chance of snow.

(Radio Iowa)