Today: Increasing clouds, with a high near 51. Breezy, with a light and variable wind becoming south 12 to 17 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Tonight: A chance of rain before 3am, then rain and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a low around 33. South southeast wind 5 to 13 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
**A BLIZZARD WATCH remains in effect from 6am Thu. to 6am Fri. for Adair, Guthrie, and Dallas Counties in the KJAN listening area**
Thursday: Snow before noon, then areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow between noon and 3pm, then areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow after 3pm. High near 34. Windy, with a northwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Windy, with a west northwest wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
Mild conditions with highs in the 40s and 50s will be common today. It will remain mild but cooler on Wednesday. Precipitation will overspread the area Wednesday night in the form of rain with a few thunderstorms possible south. The rain will change to snow from northwest to southeast late Wednesday night through Thursday. Several inches of snow is possible over central and north central Iowa. In addition…strong northwest winds will develop by Thursday after with significant blowing and drifting of snow possible. For this reason, a blizzard watch has been issued for portions of the area Thursday and Thursday night. Hazardous travel conditions will extend over the entire area during this period.
(Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines)
COUNTIES: GUTHRIE-DALLAS-ADAIR-MADISON; 406 AM CST TUE FEB 18 2014
BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.
* TIMING…THE PRECIPITATION WILL SWITCH TO SNOW THURSDAY MORNING AND MAY BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES WITH SNOW FALL RATES OF ONE TO TWO INCHES PER HOUR POSSIBLE FOR A BRIEF PERIOD. VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND MAY CREATE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.
* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED. MINOR ICE ACCUMULATIONS MAY OCCUR.
* WINDS/VISIBILITY…THE WIND WILL BE LIGHT INITIALLY WITH THIS SYSTEM AS THE PRECIPITATION CHANGES TO SNOW. THE WIND WILL QUICKLY INTENSIFY AS IT BECOMES NORTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OVER 50 MPH POSSIBLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* IMPACTS…IN ADDITION TO THE BLIZZARD POTENTIAL…A BAND OF WET AND HEAVY SNOW IS ALSO POSSIBLE. THE WET SNOW MAY BE HEAVY ENOUGH TO CAUSE TREE DAMAGE ONCE THE WIND INCREASES AND COULD LEAD TO DOWNED POWER LINES.
A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES. THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 13 to 16 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light west after midnight.
Wednesday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 50. Breezy, with a light and variable wind becoming south 11 to 16 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
Wednesday Night: Rain likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 32. South wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Thursday: Snow before noon, then areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow after noon. High near 38. Windy, with a northwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
The Winter Weather Advisory which had been in effect for Cass and area counties until Noon, has been cancelled. The WWA for the western and southwest counties was also allowed to expire at 8-a.m..
Information from Nat’l. Weather Service observers*, and area media….
Atlantic (*KJAN/Official NWS reporting site) 2.0″ as of 7-am (24-hr) .10″ liquid value.; .5″ additional snowfall from 7am-8am…..total snowfall 2.5“.
7 miles N-NE of Atlantic 2.8″ of snow
Audubon, Carroll & Oakland* 1.6″
3 miles w. of Oakland 1.5″ reported by the public
4 miles NE of Hastings* (Mills County), 1.5″
Jamaica (Guthrie County)* 1.4″
3 miles E of Manning 1.4″
Red Oak* 1.1″
2 miles s. of Persia 2.0″
8 miles n/nw of Woodbine 1.2″
2 miles nw of Little Sioux 2.0″
Winter Weather Advisories continues for the entire KJAN listening area this (Monday) morning. In far west/southwest Iowa (Monona-Harrison-Shelby-Pottawattamie-Mills-Montgomery-Fremont and Page Counties), the Advisory is in effect until 8-a.m. For the remainder of our listening area, the Advisory is in effect until Noon today.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
PAGE….351 AM CST MON FEB 17 2014
A BAND OF LIGHT SNOW WILL MOVE THROUGH EASTERN NEBRASKA AND INTO SOUTHWEST IOWA EARLY THIS MORNING. A BAND OF OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW FROM NEAR WAYNE AND PENDER THROUGH DAVID CITY…WAHOO…LINCOLN AND BEATRICE WILL MOVE TO THE MISSOURI RIVER BY 5 AM…AND SPREAD INTO SOUTHWEST IOWA BETWEEN 5 AND 6.
THE SOUTHERN PART OF THIS BAND FROM LINCOLN SOUTH COULD START OUT AS FREEZING RAIN FOR A TIME AS IT MOVES TOWARD NEBRASKA CITY AND FALLS CITY…THEN TOWARD RED OAK AND SHENANDOAH. AREAS NORTH OF LINCOLN WILL SEE VISIBILITIES DROPPING TO A MILE AT TIMES…WITH ABOUT A HALF INCH OF SNOW…INCLUDING THE OMAHA METRO…TEKAMAH…FREMONT AND WEST POINT…THEN INTO WEST CENTRAL IOWA NEAR MISSOURI VALLEY…HARLAN AND ONAWA.
THIS WILL BE ON TOP OF AREAS THAT RECEIVED LIGHT ICING FROM EARLY FREEZING RAIN. SLIPPERY ROADS AND SIDEWALKS HAVE BEEN REPORTED ACROSS THE AREA…AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE MORNING COMMUTE. AS THE SNOW COMES TO AN END AN HOUR OR TWO AFTER BEGINNING.
NORTHWEST WINDS WILL PUSH SLIGHTLY WARMER AIR INTO THE REGION…HELPING TO BEGIN THE MELTING OF THE ICE AND SNOW AFTER SUNRISE.
(Update 3:50-a.m. 2/1/7/14)
**Winter Weather Advisory in effect until Noon**
EARLY THIS MORNING…FREEZING RAIN…SNOW AND SLEET LIKELY. SOME NEW SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE. A LIGHT GLAZING EXPECTED. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
TODAY…CLOUDY WITH SNOW AND RAIN THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW BEFORE NOON. SUNNY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…WARMER. SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. WEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TUESDAY...SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. WEST WIND NEAR 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH INCREASING TO AROUND 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 30S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
THURSDAY…CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.