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Winter Weather and Wind Chill Advisory for the western counties

Weather

February 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE

313 AM CST TUE FEB 4 2014

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY……WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 11 AM CST WEDNESDAY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 11 AM CST WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING…AREAS OF VERY LIGHT SNOW THIS MORNING WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED DURING THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…THE COLDEST WIND CHILL VALUES OF 20 TO 25 BELOW WILL OCCUR WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES ARE LIKELY.

* IMPACTS…VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED WITHIN ANY AREAS OF SNOW…ESPECIALLY BY THIS EVENING AS WINDS AND AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW INCREASE.

Changing Weather picture prompts changes in Warning/Watch/Advisories

News, Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

As forecasters get a better idea of the track of a winter storm heading for the Midwest, the types of weather statements being issued are in flux. Cass and area counties to the east, northeast and south, are now under a Winter Storm Warning. The warning is in effect from Noon on Tuesday and runs through 6-a.m. Wednesday for Cass, Adair, Dallas, Guthrie and Madison Counties. In the southern part of the KJAN listening area (Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union Counties), the Warning begins at 9-a.m. Tuesday and runs until 6-a.m. Wednesday. In Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties, the Warning is in effect from 3-a.m. Tuesday until 6-a.m. Wednesday. The remaining counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 3-a.m. Tuesday until 6-a.m. Wednesday.

For those counties in the warned area, some 4-to 6-inches of snow are expected, with anywhere from 5-to 8-inches for those lower two-tiers of counties in the southern section of the state. Forecasters say snow will develop in the far southwest counties late Monday night and spread into the rest of the area during the day, Tuesday. Accumulating, heavy snow is expected Tuesday afternoon and evening before it tapers-off Wednesday morning. In addition to the heavy snow, northeasterly winds starting out at 10-to 15-miles per hour Tuesday morning, will increase to 25-miles per hour by Tuesday night, causing reduced visibilities of as little as one-half mile or less at times. Snow, blowing and drifting snow will cause roads to become treacherous.The Weather Service says you should only travel in the event of an emergency during the day, Tuesday. If you must travel when conditions worsen, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle, in case you become stuck. Bring a cell phone charger with you, and if your vehicle becomes stranded, run the engine for a few minutes at a time as necessary, to stay warm. Make sure your vehicles’ tailpipe is clear of obstructions when you do run the engine in a situation where you are stranded.

Winter Storm Warning issued for Cass & area Counties

Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

345 PM CST MON FEB 3 2014 …WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT… SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF IOWA ON TUESDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE TUESDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW WILL BE LIGHT IN THE MORNING AND MAY EVEN END FOR A TIME. IN THE AFTERNOON SNOW WILL FALL WITH MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS IN THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. IN ADDITION…AN INCREASING NORTH WIND BY LATER AFTERNOON AND ESPECIALLY TUESDAY NIGHT WILL RESULT IN SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW THAT WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON COUNTIES: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TUESDAY TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TUESDAY TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL DEVELOP IN THE AFTERNOON THEN SPREAD AND ACCUMULATE MORE HEAVILY TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…FINALLY TAPERING OFF BY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…4 TO 6 INCHES BY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…A NORTHEAST WIND AT 10 TO 15 MPH TUESDAY MORNING WILL BECOME NORTH AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS BY TUESDAY NIGHT. VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED TO ONE HALF OF A MILE OR LESS AT TIMES DUE TO FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS…BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS EXPECTED BY TUESDAY NIGHT AS THE WIND INCREASES. ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED MAKING TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

Winter Weather Advisory & Winter Storm Warning issued

Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 8 INCHES ARE LIKELY IN THE WARNED AREA.

COUNTIES: Mills-MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY…TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 7 INCHES ARE LIKELY IN THE ADVISORY AREA.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA LATER TONIGHT WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL EXPECTED FROM MID TO LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

* OTHER IMPACTS…VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY WITHIN ANY AREAS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW AND THEN ESPECIALLY BY LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW INCREASE. BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS OF AROUND 15 BELOW ARE EXPECTED TOWARD WEDNESDAY MORNING.

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6-A.M. TUESDAY THROUGH 6-AM WEDNESDAY FOR GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA.

Winter Storm Watch update for far sw/western IA

Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT and PAGE COUNTIES…
1231 PM CST MON FEB 3 2014

    …WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT…

* TIMING…SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA LATER TONIGHT WITH THE
HEAVIEST SNOWFALL FROM MID TO LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
TUESDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST
LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

* MAIN IMPACT…TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES ARE LIKELY
WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS PROBABLY NEAR THE KANSAS AND MISSOURI
BORDERS.

* OTHER IMPACTS…VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY
WITHIN ANY AREAS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW AND THEN ESPECIALLY
BY TUESDAY EVENING AS WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW INCREASE. BITTERLY
COLD WIND CHILLS OF AROUND 15 BELOW ARE EXPECTED TOWARD
WEDNESDAY MORNING.

(Update) Winter Storm Watch continues for Cass & area Counties

Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

1005 AM CST MON FEB 3 2014

WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT…

SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF IOWA ON TUESDAY
MORNING AND CONTINUE TUESDAY NIGHT WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY
ACCUMULATIONS. IN ADDITION… INCREASING NORTH WINDS BY TUESDAY
NIGHT WILL RESULT IN SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW THAT WILL
CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES…

…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING
THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT…

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN TO FALL ON TUESDAY MORNING ACROSS
WESTERN IOWA…THEN SPREAD AND ACCUMULATE MORE HEAVILY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING…FINALLY TAPERING OFF BY EARLY
WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…5 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE WITH THE HIGHEST
AMOUNTS TOWARD THE MISSOURI BORDER.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHEAST WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH TUESDAY
MORNING…BECOMING NORTH 15 TO 20 WITH HIGHER GUSTS BY TUESDAY
NIGHT. VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED TO ONE HALF OF A MILE OR
LESS AT TIMES DUE TO FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS…BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS EXPECTED BY TUESDAY
NIGHT AS THE WIND INCREASES. ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED
MAKING TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., Feb 3rd 2014

Podcasts, Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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

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Winter Storm Watch (updated 2/3/14)

Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A WINTER STORM LIFTING INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS WILL DUMP ANYWHERE FROM 5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW OVER SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. HIGHEST AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE CLOSE TO THE KANSAS BORDER. IN ADDITION…NORTH WINDS GUSTING AROUND 30 MPH WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES: WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT… ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES ARE LIKELY WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS APPROACHING THE KANSAS BORDER

GUTHRIE-DALLAS COUNTIES: WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. 5 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE.

CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES: WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.  STORM TOTAL SNOW…5 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS TOWARD THE MISSOURI BORDER.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN TO FALL ON TUESDAY MORNING ACROSS WESTERN IOWA…THEN SPREAD AND ACCUMULATE MORE HEAVILY TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…FINALLY TAPERING OFF BY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

*WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHEAST WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH TUESDAY MORNING…BECOMING NORTH 15 TO 20 WITH HIGHER GUSTS BY TUESDAY NIGHT. VISIBILITIES OF ONE HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS…BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS EXPECTED BY TUESDAY NIGHT AS THE WIND INCREASES. ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED MAKING TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…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.

 

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties: 2/3/2014

Weather

February 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

330 AM CST MON FEB 3 2014

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLEAR. SOUTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND EARLY MORNING. LIGHT SNOW EARLY IN THE MORNING. NOT AS COLD. SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH. LOW 15 TO 20. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 80 PERCENT.

TUESDAY…SNOW. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 5 INCHES. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

TUESDAY NIGHT…SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN LIGHT SNOW LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW THROUGH THE NIGHT. BREEZY…COLDER. LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE. LOW ZERO TO 5 ABOVE. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING. BREEZY…COLDER. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 10 BELOW. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE.

Winter Storm Watch issued for Tuesday & Tue. Night

Weather

February 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

330 PM CST SUN FEB 2 2014

…WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT…

SNOW WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA TUESDAY AND CONTINUE TUESDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS. IN ADDITION…INCREASING NORTH WINDS TUESDAY NIGHT WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT BLOWING SNOW THAT WILL CREATE VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DURING THE PERIOD.

MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES: WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…TOTAL SNOW…3 TO 8 INCHES WITH THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS NEAR THE MISSOURI BORDER.

MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES: WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT….

SNOW WILL MOVE NORTHEAST INTO THE AREA LATE MONDAY NIGHT…WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW FALLING TUESDAY MORNING INTO TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES ARE LIKELY…WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS NEAR THE KANSAS BORDER.

VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY IN FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW…ESPECIALLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT AS WINDS INCREASE TO 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP NEAR 30 MPH. BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS OF NEAR -15 BELOW ARE POSSIBLE TUESDAY NIGHT AS WELL.

SNOW WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA TUESDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE TUESDAY NIGHT. THE GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED BETWEEN TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.  STORM TOTAL SNOW…3 TO 8 INCHES WITH THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS NEAR THE MISSOURI BORDER.

SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY TUESDAY NIGHT AS THE WIND INCREASES. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY DIFFICULT AND HAZARDOUS. LOCAL WHITEOUT CONDITIONS MAY OCCUR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

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.