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Winter storm warning for Tama County, Iowa

March 9, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

UPDATE: URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA

215 PM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...SLOW MOVING WINTER STORM AFFECTING CENTRAL IOWA TODAY AND TONIGHT...

A SLOW MOVING WINTER STORM IS AFFECTING THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON.

THE STORM WILL BRING MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOWFALL TO MUCH OF

CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST IOWA BY MONDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION SOME

FREEZING RAIN HAS ALSO DEVELOPED DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD.

NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE THROUGH THE DAY AND

TONIGHT...CAUSING HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO LOW VISIBILITY

AND SNOW COVERED ROADS... ESPECIALLY LATER THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH

MONDAY MORNING.

FRANKLIN-BUTLER-BREMER-HARDIN-GRUNDY-BLACK HAWK-STORY-MARSHALL-

TAMA-DALLAS-POLK-JASPER-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAMPTON...ALLISON...WAVERLY...ELDORA...

GRUNDY CENTER...WATERLOO...AMES...MARSHALLTOWN...TOLEDO...ADEL...

DES MOINES...NEWTON

215 PM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT MONDAY...

* TIMING...LIGHT RAIN...POSSIBLY MIXED WITH LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AT

TIMES...WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA BEFORE SWITCHING OVER TO ALL

SNOW THIS AFTERNOON. MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE

FROM THROUGH TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY MONDAY MORNING.

A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN IS ALSO POSSIBLE DURING THE TRANSITION

TODAY.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 5

TO 9 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS NORTH OF HIGHWAY 20 CAN

BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY MORNING. A LIGHT GLAZING OF ICE IS ALSO

POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON ALONG AND NORTH HIGHWAY 30 AS THE

PRECIPITATION TRANSITIONS TO SNOW.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH

GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED FROM THIS AFTERNOON INTO

TONIGHT...RESULTING IN BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF

LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES. STRONG WINDS AND SOME BLOWING

SNOW WILL REMAIN THROUGH NOON MONDAY.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE

THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS BY TONIGHT. ROADS MAY

BECOME ICY WITH A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN AND AS INITIALLY THE

FIRST SNOW MELTS AND REFREEZES. AS SNOW ACCUMULATES ROADS WILL

BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

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.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

SMALL STREAM FLOODING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA

317 PM CST SAT MAR 9 2013

...EARLY SPRING SNOW TO AFFECT MUCH OF IOWA SUNDAY INTO MONDAY...

.A STRONG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS FORECAST TO PUSH ACROSS THE

CENTRAL PLAINS AND THE MIDWEST SUNDAY INTO MONDAY. THIS STORM WILL

BRING MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW TO CENTRAL IOWA BY SUNDAY

AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EARLY MONDAY MORNING. STRONG NORTH TO

NORTHWEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR DURING THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL

PERIOD AND WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO LOW

VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVERED ROADS. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO TAPER

OFF BEFORE SUNRISE MONDAY MORNING.

TAMA-WORTH-HANCOCK-CERRO GORDO-WRIGHT-FRANKLIN-BUTLER-BREMER-WEBSTER-

HAMILTON-HARDIN-GRUNDY-BLACK HAWK-GREENE-BOONE-STORY-MARSHALL-

GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-JASPER-POWESHIEK-ADAIR-MADISON-WARREN-

MARION-UNION-CLARKE-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...TOLEDO...NORTHWOOD...GARNER...MASON CITY...

CLARION...HAMPTON...ALLISON...WAVERLY...FORT DODGE...

WEBSTER CITY...ELDORA...GRUNDY CENTER...WATERLOO...JEFFERSON...

BOONE...AMES...MARSHALLTOWN...GUTHRIE CENTER...ADEL...

DES MOINES...NEWTON...GRINNELL...GREENFIELD...WINTERSET...

INDIANOLA...KNOXVILLE...CRESTON...OSCEOLA

317 PM CST SAT MAR 9 2013

...MINOR STREAM FLOODING OCCURRING...

RUNOFF DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF RAINFALL...SNOWMELT AND FROZEN

GROUND WILL LEAD TO MINOR FLOODING ALONG SOME CREEKS AND SMALLER

STREAMS IN PORTIONS OF TAMA...POWESHIEK...MAHASKA AND NORTHEASTERN

WAPELLO COUNTIES. IN ADDITION...SOME RURAL ROADS HAVE EXPERIENCED

MINOR FLOODING IN THEIR LOWER...FLOOD PRONE AREAS NOT DUE TO STREAM

FLOODING. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL TONIGHT WILL HELP CONTINUE THE

ELEVATED STREAM LEVELS.

COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT THAT SOME

RURAL ROADS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CLOSED DUE TO THE FLOODING.

BE ALERT FOR FLOODED AREAS ALONG ROADS TONIGHT...ESPECIALLY ALONG

RURAL ROADS IN LOWER SPOTS. IF YOU DO ENCOUNTER A CLOSED OR FLOODED

ROADWAY...TURN AROUND AND TAKE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

MONDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER

STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

MONDAY MORNING.

* TIMING TRENDS...A MIXTURE OF RAIN...SLEET...AND POSSIBLY

FREEZING RAIN IS FORECAST DURING THE MORNING HOURS SUNDAY BEFORE

SWITCHING OVER TO ALL SNOW SUNDAY AFTERNOON. MODERATE TO LOCALLY

HEAVY SNOW IS FORECAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY

NIGHT...WITH ADDITIONAL LIGHT SNOW AMOUNTS AFTER MIDNIGHT

SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8

INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS CAN BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY

MORNING. UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH OF SLEET AND A LIGHT GLAZE OF

FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE BEFORE SWITCHING OVER TO ALL SNOW

SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH

HIGHER GUSTS POSSIBLY DURING THE AFTERNOON SUNDAY AND INTO SUNDAY

EVENING. BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY OF LESS THAN A HALF

MILE AT TIMES CAN BE EXPECTED.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO RAPIDLY DETERIORATE

SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS SUNDAY NIGHT INTO

MONDAY MORNING.

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.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA

716 PM CST SAT MAR 9 2013

IAZ025>028-035>039-046>050-058>062-071>074-082-083-110130-

WRIGHT-FRANKLIN-BUTLER-BREMER-WEBSTER-HAMILTON-HARDIN-GRUNDY-

BLACK HAWK-GREENE-BOONE-STORY-MARSHALL-TAMA-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-

JASPER-POWESHIEK-ADAIR-MADISON-WARREN-MARION-UNION-CLARKE-

716 PM CST SAT MAR 9 2013

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS MAY EXPERIENCE BANK FULL LEVELS DUE TO

THE RECENT RAIN AND EXPECTED RAIN TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE AREA. PLEASE REFER TO

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES FOR

FURTHER DETAILS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED...BUT SNOWFALL REPORTS AND

RIVE LEVEL REPORTS ARE ENCOURAGED AND APPRECIATED.

$$

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Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA

619 PM CST SAT MAR 9 2013

IAZ050-062-075-086-100315-

MAHASKA-POWESHIEK-TAMA-WAPELLO-

619 PM CST SAT MAR 9 2013

...MINOR STREAM FLOODING OCCURRING...

RUNOFF DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF RAINFALL...SNOWMELT AND FROZEN

GROUND WILL LEAD TO MINOR FLOODING ALONG SOME CREEKS AND SMALLER

STREAMS IN PORTIONS OF TAMA...POWESHIEK...MAHASKA AND NORTHEASTERN

WAPELLO COUNTIES. IN ADDITION...SOME RURAL ROADS HAVE EXPERIENCED

MINOR FLOODING IN THEIR LOWER...FLOOD PRONE AREAS NOT DUE TO STREAM

FLOODING. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL TONIGHT WILL HELP CONTINUE THE

ELEVATED STREAM LEVELS.

COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT THAT SOME

RURAL ROADS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CLOSED DUE TO THE FLOODING.

BE ALERT FOR FLOODED AREAS ALONG ROADS TONIGHT...ESPECIALLY ALONG

RURAL ROADS IN LOWER SPOTS. IF YOU DO ENCOUNTER A CLOSED OR FLOODED

ROADWAY...TURN AROUND AND TAKE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

 
 

 

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