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Winter Storm Watch update: Tues., Feb. 19th 2013

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February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNITES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT & PAGE… 306 AM CST TUE FEB 19 2013 …WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO THE AREA VERY EARLY ON THURSDAY MORNING NEAR THE TIME OF THE MORNING COMMUTE. THE HEAVIEST OF THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL FROM MID MORNING THURSDAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW IS THEN EXPECTED INTO THURSDAY EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS…THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR A GENERAL SNOWFALL IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES.

* WINDS…EAST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ON THURSDAY MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON…BUT WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING LEADING TO LESS BLOWING SNOW. THE BLOWING SNOW IS MOST LIKELY IN OPEN AREAS.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT DUE TO HEAVY FALLING SNOW ON THURSDAY.

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. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE PREPARATIONS.

Winter Storm Watch issued for SW Iowa late Wednesday night

News, Weather

February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

315 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT & PAGE-

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO THE AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. * MAIN IMPACT…SNOWFALL POTENTIAL OF 8 TO 12 INCHES IS INDICATED WITH EAST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH CAUSING SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING.

* OTHER IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BE DANGEROUS AND MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE IN SOME AREAS DUE TO SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

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.

Special Weather Statement: SW IA Counties

Weather

February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: PAGE -SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS HARRISON- MONTGOMERY-FREMONT
1107 AM CST MON FEB 18 2013

A BAND OF SNOW SHOWERS…POSSIBLY MIXED WITH A LITTLE RAIN…WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH EASTWARD ACROSS SOUTHWEST IOWA AND PARTS OF SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON. VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN HALF A MILE AT TIMES WITH SNOW. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD MAINLY BE LESS THAN AN INCH.

A large winter storm appears headed our way

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February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service said in its Hazardous Weather Outlook for this week, that a “Large and powerful storm system” will produce hazardous weather across the area for the latter half of the week. Their report issued this (Monday) morning, says moderate to heavy snowfall is expected late Wednesday night and Thursday evening, with light to moderate snow continuing into early Friday. At this time snowfall amounts are still uncertain, but accumulations in the 6 to 12 inch range are likely across much of the state with higher amounts especially in the northwest.

Freezing rain is also possible, mainly across southern and eastern Iowa, late in the day, Thursday. Strong and gusty winds will enhance those hazards, by reducing visibility in the form of blowing snow, the drifting of snow over roads, and damage to trees and power lines, when those ice-covered objects are swayed by the strong winds.

Another winter storm system is expected to affect the region next Sunday into Monday, and may produce additional snowfall.  Stay up-to-date on the latest weather developments, on KJAN.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., Feb. 18th 2013

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February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, from Freese-Notis Meteorologist Dan Hicks, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

NWS Forecast for the KJAN listening area: Mon., Feb. 18 2013

Weather

February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

347 AM CST MON FEB 18 2013

TODAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. WINDY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. MUCH COLDER. LOW AROUND 10. NORTHWEST WIND 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH.

TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW ZERO TO 5 ABOVE. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. NOT AS COLD. LOW 15 TO 20. CHANCE OF SNOW 80 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…SNOW…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

THURSDAY NIGHT...SNOW. LOW 15 TO 20. CHANCE OF SNOW 90 PERCENT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S.

Wind Advisory issued for Monday, affecting Crawford & Carroll Counties in the KJAN listening area

Weather

February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

345 AM CST MON FEB 18 2013 …WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CST THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CST THIS EVENING, FOR PARTS OF WESTERN IOWA, INCLUDING CRAWFORD AND CARROLL COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA.

* TIMING…WINDS WILL INCREASE FROM THE NORTHWEST BY MIDDAY AND CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN INTO THE AFTERNOON. STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING BEFORE SUBSIDING VERY GRADUALLY OVERNIGHT.

* WINDS…SUSTAINED WINDS WILL INCREASE TO AROUND 30 MPH BY MID AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO THE EARLY EVENING. WIND GUSTS OF UP TO 45 MPH WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME.

* IMPACTS…THE WIND WILL MAKE DRIVING HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES DIFFICULT AND BLOW LOOSE OBJECTS ABOUT.

Wind Advisory Monday morning for Monona & Harrison Counties in Western IA

Weather

February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

329 AM CST MON FEB 18 2013 …WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CST THIS EVENING. THE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR MONONA AND HARRISON COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA.

* TIMING...STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE GUSTY INTO THIS EVENING BEFORE DECREASING SLIGHTLY.

* WINDS...SPEEDS SHOULD REACH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH.

* IMPACTS...THE STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT FOR HIGH PROFILE OR LIGHT VEHICLES. OUTDOOR OBJECTS SHOULD BE SECURED SO THEY ARE NOT BLOWN ABOUT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Skyscan Forecast 02-16-2013

Podcasts, Weather

February 16th, 2013 by Chris Parks

SKYSCAN FORECAST           SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH, 2013

Today: Partly Cloudy.  High 35.  SE @ 5-10.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy.  Low 20.  SE @ 5-10.

Sunday: Partly Cloudy.  High 50.  S 5-10.

Monday: Partly Cloudy to Mostly Cloudy.  High upper 30’s.

Tuesday: Mostly Cloudy with clearing skies through the day.  High in the low 20’s.

Significant snowfall possible late next week

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February 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says a large storm system may impact the central US toward the end of next week. Officials say the system could potentially bring accumulating snowfall to much of the area, with significant snowfall amounts possible. Gusty winds are also of concern with this system.

The Weather Service says it’s still too early to determine at this time, specifics as the exact track, strength, and timing of the system, but persons should continue to monitor the forecast for the latest details in the coming days. Prior to this system, very mild air will move into the area this Sunday sending temperatures well above average.