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Blowing snow creating hazardous driving conditions for evening activities

News, Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – Feb 1, 2015 – Most of Iowa’s roads are completely or partially covered with snow and ice with travel not advised in portions of Eastern Iowa.

I 80 W Mile Marker 70. IA DOT Snowplow View 5:14-pm 2/1/15

I 80 W Mile Marker 70. IA DOT Snowplow View 5:14-pm 2/1/15

Windy conditions with continued snowfall are expected through the evening hours causing hazardous driving conditions. The Iowa Department of Transportation is working to clear roads, but blowing snow can cause roadways to quickly become re-covered after trucks pass through. Visibility can also be greatly reduced due to blowing snow.

Iowa DOT reminds travelers that trips during severe winter weather can take three or four times longer than normal. Motorists are urged to monitor weather and road conditions before traveling and evaluate the necessity of trips. Often, the safest option is to skip the trip altogether. For road condition information visit the Iowa 511 website at http://511ia.org or call 511 within Iowa, or 800-288-1047 from outside the state. Tow ban information can be found on the full-featured version of the website.

Hwy 83 eastbound at mm 31 (2/1/15)

Hwy 83 eastbound at mm 31 (2/1/15)

To see photos of conditions on the roadway from the dash of an Iowa DOT snowplow truck or plow locations visit http://trackaplow.iowadot.gov.

Updated weather forecast for Cass & area Counties, 2/1/15

Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

115 PM CST SUN FEB 1 2015

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING

 REST OF TODAY…SNOW. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW. BREEZY. NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION 3 TO 4 INCHES. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTH WIND 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 90 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…VERY COLD. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW IN THE EVENING. CLOUDY WITH LIGHT SNOW LIKELY IN THE EVENING…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY OVERNIGHT. BREEZY. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. LOW 5 TO 10 BELOW. NORTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH BECOMING NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SNOW 60 PERCENT.

MONDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. VERY COLD. HIGH 15 TO 20. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW IN THE MORNING.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 10. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. WARMER. HIGH AROUND 30. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 30 PERCENT.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW 10 TO 15.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. COLDER. HIGH AROUND 20.

Travel discouraged this morning in western IA

News, Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

Winds have been picking up this morning across western Iowa, causing blowing and drifting of snow. The Iowa DOT’s website at 511ia.org reports all roadways are 100-percent snow and/or ice covered. Travel is not advised.

I-80 eastbound at Exit 57

I-80 eastbound at Exit 57

I-80 westbound at Exit 57

I-80 westbound at Exit 57

I-80 westbound at the 53 mile marker

I-80 westbound at the 53 mile marker

I-80 westbound at the 46-mile marker

I-80 westbound at the 46-mile marker

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Wayne Brosam sent KJAN some pictures he took of the roadways as of 8:30-a.m. today.

Winter Storm Warning Update (9-am, 2/1/15)

News, Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

858 AM CST SUN FEB 1 2015

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE WITH STEADILY INCREASING WINDS ACROSS NORTHERN AND WESTERN IOWA. WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON REGIONWIDE.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…ACCUMULATIONS OF GENERALLY 8 TO 12 INCHES.  SOME LOCATIONS WILL RECEIVE OVER A FOOT OF SNOW.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHEAST WINDS GRADUALLY INCREASING AND BECOMING NORTHERLY BY AFTERNOON. GUSTS INCREASING TO 35 TO 40 MPH OVER WESTERN AND NORTHERN IOWA BY MIDDAY AND OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA BY EARLY TO MID AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG THROUGH EARLY EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS INTO THE LOWER TO MID TEENS BY EVENING. ALONG WITH THAT WIND CHILL VALUES WILL DROP TO 5 TO 10 BELOW ZERO OVER THE NORTHERN HALF OF IOWA AND JUST BELOW ZERO OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA BY LATE AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL REMAIN SNOW COVERED AND SLICK WITH HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL BECOME MORE SIGNIFICANT THROUGH THE DAY. VISIBILITIES WILL OFTEN BE BELOW A MILE WITH NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS POSSIBLE AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AND RURAL AREAS. THE HEAVY WET NATURE OF THE SNOW HAS ALSO COATED TREES OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA. TREE DAMAGE AND LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES MAY BECOME MORE LIKELY AS THE WINDS INCREASE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

Significant Winter Storm affects the region Sunday

News, Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

The National Weather Service says “A significant winter storm” will affect the region today and into tonight. A Winter Storm Warning continues until 9-p.m. today (Sunday). Heavy snow will continue to fall across much of Iowa and winds will increase, causing blowing snow and drifting snow that will make travel even more hazardous. The snow will finally end with diminishing winds late this evening. As of 7-a.m. in Atlantic, we had received 5.8-inches of snow, which melted into just over six-tenths of an inch of liquid precipitation. Massena had 6-inches of snow over the same 24-hour period ending at 7-am.

Other snowfall reports as of include: 6.9 inches in Oakland (8:30-a.m) 7 inches in Audubon, Carroll and Guthrie Center; 5.4 inches in Adair; 9.8 inches in Waukee and 7.9 inches in Ames and 7.3 inches in Des Moines.

As of 8-a.m., roads were 100-percent snow and ice covered in the KJAN listening area, and many churches had cancelled services for today. Towing services are prohibited in Cass, Adair, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont Counties.

Additional snowfalls will be possible in the coming days, especially from Tuesday into Wednesday when some accumulations are expected. Temperatures will be quite a bit colder for most of next week with the fresh deep snow cover in place. The coldest temperatures will come tonight into Monday morning and again from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Snowfall reports Sunday morning (2/1/15)

Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Chris Parks

(Will be updated throughout the morning)

At KJAN (Atlantic) – as of 6-a.m.:  5.5-inches;  Mt. Ayr, 6.7″; 2 miles NW of Little Sioux (Harrison County), 5.5″; 3 miles s. of Council Bluffs, 5.0″ (as of 4:30-a.m.); 3 miles w. of Pacific Junction, 5.0″ (as of 3:40-a.m.); Harlan, 6.0″ (as of 3:15-a.m.); Omaha. 6.5-7.0″.

Winter Storm Warning for Iowa until 9-p.m. Sunday!!

Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING (2/1).

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…LITTLE CHANGE IS ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE MORNING WITH CONTINUED SNOW PRODUCING WIDESPREAD VISIBILITIES OF A MILE OR SO.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. LOCALIZED LOCATIONS ALONG THE INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAY 30 CORRIDORS FROM DES MOINES EASTWARD MAY RECEIVE OVER A FOOT OF SNOW.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHEAST WINDS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE AND BECOME NORTHERLY DURING THE AFTERNOON WITH GUSTS INCREASING TO 30 TO 35 MPH OVER WESTERN AND NORTHERN IOWA BY MIDDAY.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL REMAIN SNOW COVERED AND SLICK WITH HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS ALSO EXPECTED TO BECOME MORE PROBLEMATIC AND SIGNIFICANT THROUGH THE DAY. VISIBILITIES WILL OFTEN BE BELOW A MILE WITH NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS POSSIBLE…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AND RURAL AREAS.

THE HEAVY WET NATURE OF THE SNOW HAS ALSO COATED TREES OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA. TREE DAMAGE AND LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES MAY OCCUR LATER TODAY AS THE WINDS INCREASE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY 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.

ALTHOUGH THE HEAVY WET CONSISTENCY OF THE SNOW SHOULD DIMINISH LATER THIS MORNING…UP TO SIX INCHES OF WET SNOW WILL HAVE COMPACTED AND SETTLED. THIS WILL MAKE REMOVAL AND SHOVELING DIFFICULT. THE ELDERLY OR THOSE WITH HEART CONCERNS SHOULD TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS…REMOVE THE SNOW IN SMALL AMOUNTS OR SEEK ASSISTANCE.

Weather forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Feb. 1st 2015

Weather

February 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING

EARLY THIS MORNING…SNOW. NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 2 INCHES. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

TODAY...SNOW. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW THROUGH MID MORNING. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. BREEZY…COLDER. SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 4 INCHES. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION 9 TO 10 INCHES. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…VERY COLD. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW IN THE EVENING. CLOUDY WITH LIGHT SNOW LIKELY IN THE EVENING…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY OVERNIGHT. BREEZY. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. LOW 5 TO 10 BELOW. NORTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH BECOMING NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SNOW 60 PERCENT.

MONDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. VERY COLD. HIGH 15 TO 20. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW IN THE MORNING.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 10. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

TUESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. WARMER. HIGH AROUND 30. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 30 PERCENT.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW 10 TO 15.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. COLDER. HIGH AROUND 20.

Winter Storm Warning expanded to most of Iowa

News, Weather

January 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has expanded the WINTER STORM WARNING for parts of southern and central Iowa to include most of the state. The Warning is in effect from 6-pm Sat. (1/31) until 9-pm Sunday (2/1), for Monona-Harrison-Shelby and Pottawattamie Counties in the KJAN listening area, and from 7-pm Sat. thru 9-pm Sunday for Cass, Adair, Adams, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Sac, Crawford, Carroll, Ringgold, Taylor and Union Counties. In the warned area, 7-to 10-inches of snow are possible by Sunday night.

Counties in pink are in a Winter Storm Warning. Purple indicates Winter Weather Advisory.

Counties in pink are in a Winter Storm Warning. Purple indicates Winter Weather Advisory.

Winds will turn to the northeast early Sunday morning at 10-to 20-mph and gust to near 30-mph by Sunday afternoon. Roads are expected to become snow covered and hazardous. Blowing snow Sunday will reduce visibility and make it difficult for state and county road crews to keep the roads clear. Travel on in the event of an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case you become stranded.

The rain-snow mix has changed over to all snow in western Iowa as of mid-day, Saturday. Heavy snow is possible overnight, with some additional light accumulation on Sunday. In addition to the WINTER STORM WARNING, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for far southwest Iowa from 9-p.m. Saturday until 6-pm Sunday for Fremont and Mills Counties.

Skyscan Forecast 01-31-2015

Podcasts, Weather

January 31st, 2015 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast Saturday 01/31/2015

Winter Storm Warning for Montgomery, Page, Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie Counties from 6pm this evening to 9pm Sunday.

Winter Storm Warning for Cass, Sac, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Audubon, Guthrie, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Taylor, and Ringgold Counties from 7pm this evening to 9pm Sunday.

Winter Weather Advisory for Mills and Fremont Counties from 9pm this evening to 6pm Sunday.

Today: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 5pm. High near 38. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Snow. Low around 22. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Sunday: Snow with patchy blowing snow before 3pm, then snow likely with patchy blowing snow after 3pm. Temperature falling to around 12 by 4pm. Wind chill values as low as -5. Windy, with a north wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Sunday Night: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -10. Windy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Monday: A slight chance of snow after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Monday Night: A slight chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Blustery.

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