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Keep the shovel handy….

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March 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service reports snow will spread into western Iowa very early Thursday morning and across much of central Iowa through the morning. Widespread light to moderate snow accumulations are expected across central and southern Iowa during this time. By Thursday afternoon and evening, a transition to light drizzle is expected in portions of central and southern Iowa. Stay tuned for updates!

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Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

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March 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High near 30. W/SW @ 10 mph.

Tonight: Cloudy w/light snow developing late. Low 20. E @ 5.

Tomorrow: Cloudy w/snow (2-4” possible). High 26. E/NE @ 10-15.

Friday: P/Cloudy to cldy. High near 30.

Saturday: Mo. Cldy w/light mixed precip in the morning; rain in the afternoon. High 43.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 24. Our Low this morning, -4 (as of 5-a.m.). Last year on this date our High was 32 and the Low was 19. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 76 in 2017. The Record Low was -20 in 1960.

Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area, 3/5/2019

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March 5th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 18. Winds NW @ 10-20 mph.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 3. Winds light & variable.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 25. W/SW @ 10.

Thursday: Cloudy w/an 80% chance of snow or freezing drizzle. High 27. (2-4″ of snow is possible)

Friday: P/Cldy. High 28.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 16. Our 24-hour Low was -12. Last year on this date our High was 47 and the Low was 25. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 74 in 1921. The Record Low was -31 in 1960.

Iowa snow pack equals 2-to-4 inches of water, so there are flood concerns

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March 4th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — State Climatologist Justin Glisan says there’s a “moderate to major” risk of flooding as the snow that’s piled up in Iowa begins to melt. “If you look at the snow-water equivalent of the snow pack that we have right now there’s anywhere from two-to-four inches of water available once it all melts, so we don’t want it melting at one time,” Glisan says.  A rain storm would be most worrisome, according to Glisan, as the snow would melt and be swept into rivers and streams. The best scenario — in more ways than one — is warmer temperatures. “The short term outlooks are temperatures getting into the upper 30s and mid-40s during the daytime and then going back into below freezing at night,” Glisan says. “So that’s good for melting during the day and refreezing at night.”

And those 30- and 40-degree days are in the forecast for late this week. Iowa temperature and rainfall records date back to 1873. Snowfall measurements in Iowa data back to 1887. Glisan says like many meteorologists, he’s conflicted about this winter’s weather. As a scientist, he’s fascinated by the snowfall records, but personally the impact isn’t all that exciting. “As a kid, I loved snow. Snow days are fun. Playing in the snow is fun. As an adult, shoveling snow is not fun,” Glisan says. “As the state climatologist, looking at all the problems that snowfall portends for agriculture or livestock, since we’re in calving right now, I don’t enjoy those types of problems, but it is very interesting to see how the trends are shaking out and various records are being broken across the state.”

The forecast indicates there’s a chance for snow again on Thursday.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 3/4/2019

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March 4th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: **Wind Chill Advisory until Noon** Sunny and cold, with a high near 10. Wind chill values as low as -25. NW/West wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around -4. Wind chill values as low as -15. NW/West southwest wind 9 to 13 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -15. Northwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 22.
Wednesday Night: Snow likely, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Thursday: Snow likely before 2pm, then a chance of snow and freezing drizzle. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 8. Our Low this morning was -6. Last year on this date our High was 61 and the Low was 43. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 78 in 1921. The Record Low was -17 in 1978.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 3/3/2019

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March 3rd, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: **Wind chill advisory thru Noon**Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing and cold, with a steady temperature around -1. Wind chill values as low as -25. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around -11. **Wind chill advisory from midnight thru 9-a.m. Monday** Wind chill values as low as -30. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
Monday: Sunny and cold, with a high near 8. Wind chill values as low as -30. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 1. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. Blustery.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 1.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.

Skyscan Forecast Saturday 03/02/2019

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March 2nd, 2019 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast  Saturday, March 2, 2019  Dan Hicks

Today: Partly cloudy in the morning becoming mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Few flurries late. N @ 10-20. High 20.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Light snow and flurries. N @ 10-20. Low 2.

Sunday: Light snow and flurries ending early. Less than 1/2″ accumulation expected total. Becoming partly cloudy. NW @ 15-25. High 8.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High 10.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 16.

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Snow record! The statewide average snowfall for February was 22.5 inches

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March 1st, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Mother Nature set a new record for Iowa in February. State Climatologist Justin Glisan says “The preliminary numbers have us at 22.5 inches of snow averaging across the State, which would break the record set in 1962. Glisan says having nearly two feet of snow fall in Iowa in February is NOT normal. “In a given February, we typically get 6.8 inches over the 30-year average, so yes, that’s a lot more snow than what we tend to get.” The accumulation of snow during this winter SEASON is setting records, too. Glisan says that’s remarkable because December temperatures were five degrees ABOVE average and the majority of precipitation that fell before the turn of the year was rain. “It wasn’t until we got into January and, especially February, when we started getting record snowfall,” Glisan says.

A “snow pack” was established early in the season with the blizzard after Thanksgiving in southern Iowa, according to Glisan. His data shows from southwest Iowa up through northeast Iowa there’s been between 30 and 40 inches of snow so far this winter. Glisan says “And in [the] very central portion of the border between Minnesota and Iowa, 50 to 60 inches , so some pretty big accumulation.” As for what’s causing this snow cycle, Glisan points to what he calls the “arctic intrusion” in late January. That’s when temperatures dipped to the negative 30 and negative 40 range.

“We’ve been stuck after that in a very active Polar Jet pattern, where we have, every four or five days, systems moving through the State, dumping anywhere from three-to six-inches at a given time, and that pattern has just stuck on into the State for the last month,” according to Glisan. There’s a chance of light snow this weekend, but Glisan says the weather should be “relatively calm” across the state. A batch of arctic air will cause temperatures to dip at the beginning of next week, but Glisan predicts a “gradual warm-up” after that.

Feb. 2019 Weather Stats for Atlantic.

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March 1st, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The month of February in Atlantic was colder and wetter than average. The High for the month was 27.1 degrees, which was 8.3 degree below normal. The average Low was 3.6 degrees, or 11.6 degrees below the norm. Snowfall for the month amounted to 30.3 inches at the KJAN studios, with melted precipitation coming in at 1.71 inches, or three-quarters of an inch above average.

The warmest day was on Feb. 3rd, at 53-degrees. The coldest days with temps of -12, happened on Feb. 18th & 19th. Looking ahead to the month of March, the High in Atlantic is typically 48.3 degrees, and the average Low is 26.2. Precipitation for the month normally amounts to 2.38 inches.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Friday, March 1st, 2019

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March 1st, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy w/scattered flurries. High 27. SE @ 10.

Tonight: Partly cloudy-to-cloudy. Low 10. N @ 10.

Tomorrow: Mo. cldy w/light snow or flurries during the afternoon. High 18. N @ 10-20.

Tom. Night: Cloudy w/a 30% chance of snow. Low 2.

Sunday: Cloudy to P/Cldy w/any snow ending (Less the 1” total). High 8.

Monday: P/Cldy. High 12.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 26. Our Low was 3. Last year on this date our High was 48 and the Low was 20. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 77 in 1992. The Record Low was -32 in 1962.