NWS/KJAN listening area forecast: 11/11/14

Weather

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

357 AM CST TUE NOV 11 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. WINDY. MUCH COLDER. NORTHWEST WIND 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. MUCH COLDER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 15. NORTHWEST WIND AROUND 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND AROUND 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 15. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 10.

FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH AROUND 30. LOW AROUND 15.

Wind Advisory cancelled for Cass & area counties

Weather

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-

346 AM CST TUE NOV 11 2014

…WIND ADVISORY IS CANCELLED…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS CANCELLED THE WIND ADVISORY. WIND SPEEDS OVERNIGHT HAVE FALLEN BELOW WIND ADVISORY CRITERIA SO THE WIND ADVISORY WILL BE CANCELED. DESPITE THE ADVISORY BEING CANCELED IT WILL STILL BE WINDY TODAY AS A NORTHWEST WIND CONTINUES AT 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 35 MPH.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 11 2014

News

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The largest union representing state employees is seeking repeated 2 percent raises over the next two years. Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Council 61, says in its initial contract proposal, negotiators called for 2 percent raises on July 1, 2015; Jan. 1, 2016; July 1, 2016; and Jan. 1, 2017. The Iowa Department of Management says the raises would cost the state an extra $523 million over two years. State and union officials will resume contract organizers in two weeks.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are sticking with their leaders in the Iowa House and Senate. House Republicans say GOP members had elected Rep. Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, to continue in his role as House speaker. They also opted to keep Rep. Linda Upmeyer, of Clear Lake, as House majority leader and Rep. Matt Windschitl, of Missouri Valley, as speaker pro tem. In the Senate, the majority Democrats chose to keep Sen. Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, as majority leader and Sen. Pam Jochum, of Dubuque, as president of the Senate.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a western Iowa mother accused of lying about her young daughter’s cancer diagnosis has been moved to another county. A motion argued that extensive media coverage and gossip among residents would prevent 30-year-old Leatha Slauson from receiving a fair trial in Cass County. Slauson is accused of telling her community that her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer and collecting donations for her treatment. An investigation this year determined the child was not sick.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former University of Iowa researcher charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of his wife in 1997 has died. Leon Spies, an attorney for John Bloomfield, says his client died suddenly on Thursday at a hospital in Minneapolis. He did not elaborate on a cause of death. Bloomfield was arrested in November 2013 in connection to the death of his wife, Frances Bloomfield, in Iowa City about 17 years ago.

(Update 5-a.m. – road open) I-29 northbound in s.w. Iowa blocked early Tue. morning

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November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 5-a.m.: I-29 northbound at Exit 24 has re-opened 3-miles south of Pacific Junction area. The road was blocked because of a jacknifed semi trailer.

 

Patrol advises you to slow down in winter conditions

News, Weather

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The first snowfall of the season already has caught motorists off-guard. Numerous, non-injury accidents have been reported along Interstate 80 this (Tuesday) morning, with vehicles sliding-off into the ditch.  As of 6-a.m.,  the Iowa Department of Transportation reported most roads in western and southwest Iowa to be partially covered with snow.

The Iowa Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to slow down, drive defensively, and to be aware of the changing road conditions. Trooper Vince Kurtz says the first snows always create headaches.

“When you’ve got so many people who don’t remember what it’s like to drive on snow and ice, there are always going to be crashes in that first snow. Law enforcement and emergency services always dread that first snow, because people have forgotten how to drive,” Kurtz says. He suggests you equip your vehicle with a winter survivor’s kit, and have the vehicle checked by a mechanic before dangerous winter conditions strike. Kurtz says there are several things that need to be checked to prep your car for winter.

He says they can check the tire tread, tire inflation, antifreeze, wiper blades, the battery condition. Kurtz says it’s good to get those things done ahead of time, so you aren’t left out in the cold.
And you can check the state road reports before heading out on any trip (www.511ia.org) or call 5-1-1 for road information.

(Radio Iowa)

Special Weather Statement: Icy roads this morning

News, Weather

November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-308 AM CST TUE NOV 11 2014

...ICY ROADS POSSIBLE FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE

THE SNOW HAS ENDED ALTHOUGH THERE MAY STILL BE SOME FLURRIES THROUGH EARLY MORNING. MOST LOCATIONS HAD A HALF INCH OR LESS OF SNOW BUT A NORTHWEST WIND AT 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH WILL BE CONTINUING THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS. THIS WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE DRIFTING SNOW AND ICY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE ICY ROADS WILL LIKELY BE PREVALENT THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE. USE WINTER DRIVING RULES AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE…SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA SPACE BETWEEN YOURSELF AND THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU.

DALLAS-MADISON-UNION-RINGGOLD-

…SNOW WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA THROUGH 7AM PRODUCING WINTER-

LIKE CONDITIONS…A BAND OF SNOW EXTENDING FROM ALLISON TO DES MOINES TO WINTERSET WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. WHILE SNOWFALL WITH THIS BAND WILL BE LESS THAN A HALF INCH…A NORTHWEST WIND AT 20 TO 30 MPH WILL PRODUCE SOME DRIFTING ACROSS ROADWAYS WHICH WILL MAKE FOR ICY ROAD CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION…VISIBILITY MAY DROP TO AROUND A MILE AT TIMES IN BLOWING SNOW. THE ICY ROAD CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE SO USE WINTER DRIVING RULES AND SLOW DOWN…ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION AND LEAVE EXTRA SPACE BETWEEN YOURSELF AND THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF YOU.

JOHN ‘MIKE’ DONAHEY, SENIOR, 78, of Des Moines (Svcs. 11/14/14)

Obituaries

November 10th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

JOHN ‘MIKE’ DONAHEY, SENIOR, 78, of Des Moines, died Sunday, Nov. 9th, at the VA Central Health Care System in Des Moines. Funeral Services for ‘MIKE’ DONAHEY, SR. will be held 11-am Friday, Nov. 14th, at the St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Panora. Twigg Funeral Home in Panora has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home will be on Thursday from 5 until 7pm with vigil service at 7pm.

Burial will be at the Resurrection Cemetery in rural Guthrie Center.

EDWIN KEATH FENDER, 87, of Council Bluffs (Svcs. 11/12/14)

Obituaries

November 10th, 2014 by Mark Saylor

EDWIN KEATH FENDER, 87, of Council Bluffs, died Mon., Nov. 10th, at the Risen Son Christian Village, in Council Bluffs. Funeral Services for EDWIN FENDER will be held 11-am Wednesday, Nov. 12th, at the Macedonia United Methodist Church in rural Macedonia. Loess Hills Funeral Home of Carson has the arrangements.

Visitation for Edwin Fender will be at the Macedonia United Methodist Church in rural Macedonia two hours prior to services Wednesday.

Burial will be at the Wheeler Grove Cemetery east of Carson.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

 

Panora woman faces drug and alcohol charges

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November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Panora early Sunday morning resulted in numerous charges against the driver. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year old Joanna J. Heckman was pulled over at around 1:30-a.m. in the 800 block of east Main Street, in Panora. Heckman was subsequently arrested for operating while intoxicated 2nd Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. Monday morning the woman appeared before the Guthrie County magistrate and was held on bond. She later posted bond and was released.
Later in the day Monday, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges against Heckman. She was charged with: open container of alcohol (driver), driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway, possession of drug paraphernalia, all simple misdemeanors. Heckman was also charged with possession of methamphetamine – 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor.
The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Panora Police Department and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE: Wind Advisory in effect until 6-am Tuesday

News, Weather

November 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY.

* WINDS…NORTH TO NORTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ANY LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN DRIVING AS IT MAY BE DIFFICULT WITH THE GUSTY WINDS…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES AND IN AREAS WHERE ROADS MAY BE SLICK DUE TO THE POTENTIAL PRECIPITATION. VISIBILITIES MAY BE BRIEFLY REDUCED AT TIMES DUE TO PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT.