355 AM CST TUE NOV 25 2014
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…NOT AS COLD. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE EVENING…THEN SNOW LIKELY BEFORE MIDNIGHT. SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 2 INCHES. LOW AROUND 30. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 80 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 50 PERCENT.
THANKSGIVING DAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE EAST IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COOL. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.
Many thousands of Iowans will be on the road this week and their Thanksgiving holiday travels could be hampered by wintery weather. Forecasters say up to three inches of snow is likely this (Monday) afternoon into tonight for a wide section of eastern Iowa, while more snow is predicted for much of the state tomorrow (Tuesday) night into Wednesday. Rose White, at Triple-A-Iowa, says travelers will have plenty of company.
“Forty-six-point-three million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend which is the highest volume for the holiday since 2007,” White says. “It shows a 4.2%increase over last year.” Gasoline prices in Iowa have dropped to the lowest levels in many months, falling more than 30-cents a gallon from last Thanksgiving, while the cost to fly has risen slightly.
“Airfare prices are only up about 1%, fuel prices are down substantially,” White says, “but we are expecting hotel prices to be up about 8% and if you’re renting a car, prices are up about 10% more.” Some people prefer to rent a car for long trips so they don’t put the miles on their personal vehicles, but White notes it’s getting pricey.
“Ten percent is significant so you just need to budget more for car rental expenses,” White says. “Keep in mind though, you’ll incur the savings when you fill up that vehicle.” Regular unleaded gasoline is averaging two-81 a gallon in Iowa, the same as the national average. The Iowa price is down 32 cents a gallon from a year ago. White says travelers are expected to spend an average of $573 over the course of their Thanksgiving holiday travels.
The Freese-Notis weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather info. for Atlantic.
Today – Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 26. Wind chill values as low as 10. Windy, with a west northwest wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as zero. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values as low as 5. West northwest wind around 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night – A 40 percent chance of snow after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Thanksgiving Day – Partly sunny, with a high near 27.
Today -A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly between 2pm and 5pm. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 35 by 5pm. Windy, with a southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming north northwest 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight- A chance of rain before 10pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 10pm and midnight, then a slight chance of snow after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy, with a northwest wind 21 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Monday -Scattered flurries before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as 5. Windy, with a west northwest wind 21 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
Monday Night -Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as 5. Blustery, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Tuesday -Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. West northwest wind 8 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night -A 20 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Wednesday -Partly sunny, with a high near 37.
Today A chance of drizzle before 10am. Areas of dense fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. South southwest wind 9 to 14 mph.
Tonight A chance of drizzle, mainly after 8pm. Patchy fog between 8pm and 4am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a south wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Sunday A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 39 by 5pm. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 16 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Monday A 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 31. Windy, with a west northwest wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.
Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Windy.
Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD
526 AM CST SAT NOV 22 2014
A SOUTH FLOW OF MOIST AIR FLOWING OVER THE COLD GROUND HAS RESULTED IN THE FORMATION OF FOG OVER THE AREA THIS MORNING. LOCALLY DENSE FOG IS REPORTED WITH VISIBILITY AS LOW AS ONE QUARTER OF MILE AT TIMES.
PEOPLE PLANNING TRAVEL THIS MORNING SHOULD ALLOW FOR EXTRA TIME…USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS…AND BE PREPARED FOR SUDDEN CHANGES IN VISIBILITY. THE FOG WILL BE SLOW TO LIFT…BUT CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN TO IMPROVE BY 9 AM.
AREA COUNTIES: DALLAS-MADISON-
1051 AM CST FRI NOV 21 2014
A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM CST SATURDAY…
* TIMING…FREEZING RAIN OR PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE IS EXPECTED TO PUSH INTO THE AREA BETWEEN 8 PM SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80 BEFORE SPREADING NORTHEAST ACROSS THE REST OF THE AREA AFTER 9 PM. WARMER TEMPERATURES WILL SLOWLY MOVE INTO PAST MIDNIGHT AND GRADUALLY CHANGE THE PRECIPITATION OVER TO RAIN FROM SOUTH TO
NORTH DURING THIS TIME.
* STORM TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS…SEVERAL HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED.
* IMPACTS…FREEZING RAIN AND FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL MAKE ROADWAYS AND SIDEWALKS SLICK.
A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
Iowans are enduring much colder-than-normal, snowy weather for the last half of fall, and while there’s a little relief in sight for the weekend, the winter ahead is still a toss-up. Jeff Zogg, senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says they’ve re-run all of their computer models to get a glimpse at December through February and so far, it’s 50-50.
“We’re calling for equal chances for temperature,” Zogg says. “That means there’s really no strong signal of above-, near- or below-normal temperatures. For precipitation, generally equal chances, maybe a little bit of a dry signal across the eastern part of the state.” Armchair prognosticators may claim this current cold spell could be a sign of a bitter, blizzard-filled season ahead, while other say it’s an indicator a warmer winter is on the way. Zogg says nobody really knows at this point.
“When you go back and look at past winters, really the temperature trends that you see in November really have very little if any predictability as to the rest of the winter,” Zogg says. “Yes, we have been quite cold for the first part of November but that would not necessarily translate into a certain trend for the rest of the winter.” While much of Iowa should see highs in the 40s this weekend — a nice change from the 20s — but the travel forecast for Thanksgiving looks dicey.
“This weekend, we’re looking for a warm-up, even a chance of rainfall on Saturday and Sunday,” Zogg says. “Temperatures will be warm enough for rain but there is the potential for some additional unsettled weather next week, particularly towards Thanksgiving. We’re seeing the potential for below-normal temperatures again, maybe another system to bring us some rain or snow.” Stay tuned in to the latest forecast at weather-dot-gov.