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Update: Blizzard Warning

January 25, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA

1002 AM CST SUN JAN 26 2014

...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY...

.A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL BLAST INTO THE STATE

THIS AFTERNOON. VERY STRONG WINDS AND SNOW SQUALLS ARE

ANTICIPATED TO DEVELOP WITH THE FRONT...LEADING TO QUARTER MILE

VISIBILITY OR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES INTO THE EVENING.

THEN...BRUTALLY COLD TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILLS ARE FORECAST TO

FILTER INTO THE STATE BY TONIGHT AND LAST THROUGH TUESDAY.

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...AMES...MARSHALLTOWN...TAMA...TOLEDO...

TRAER...DYSART...GLADBROOK...GRINNELL

1002 AM CST SUN JAN 26 2014

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO

MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT...

...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO

NOON CST TUESDAY...

* TIMING...VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS ARE FORECAST TO MOVE INTO

NORTHWEST IOWA EARLY THIS AFTERNOON AND OVERSPREAD THE AREA BY 3

PM THIS AFTERNOON AND PERSIST INTO THE EVENING. SNOW SHOWERS OR

SNOW SQUALLS ARE LIKELY TO DEVELOP WITH THE VERY STRONG WINDS.

THE FALLING SNOW IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CURRENT SNOW PACK WILL

LEAD TO SHARPLY REDUCED VISIBILITY OR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT

TIMES LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE POTENTIAL FOR THUNDER

SNOW EXIST...WHICH WILL ONLY EXACERBATE THE SNOWFALL RATES AND

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. BRUTALLY COLD AIR IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD

THE REGION BY TONIGHT.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ONE TO TWO INCHES OF NEW SNOW

ARE EXPECTED...AND POSSIBLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IF THUNDER SNOW

OCCURS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY/WIND CHILLS...NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH

WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH WILL PRODUCE PERIODS OF ONE QUARTER MILE

OR LESS VISIBILITY AND EVEN WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. WIND CHILL

VALUES ARE LIKELY TO DROP TO 30 TO 45 BELOW LATE TONIGHT INTO

MONDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF HIGH WINDS AND SNOWFALL WILL

LIKELY TO CAUSE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS TODAY

AND TONIGHT. PLUS WITH THE BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES ARRIVING

THIS EVENING...A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION EXIST FOR ANY

STRANDED MOTORISTS. PLEASE MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND

ROAD CONDITIONS BEFORE TRAVELING TODAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE

EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS

AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT

CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF

YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET

STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND

STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS

WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF

PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

 
 

 

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