228 PM CST Mon Feb 24 2020 ...WINTER STORM WATCH IS CANCELLED... This winter storm has continued to shift to the south and east, which is expected to lower the threat for hazardous winter weather across the region. Therefore, the Winter Storm Watch has been cancelled. ... See more
Travel impacts are expected over southeast to eastern Iowa Tuesday into Wednesday as a winter storm moves across the region. Light rain this afternoon over the south will change to snow tonight and continue into Tuesday. The snow intensity could be moderate at times, especially on Tuesday over southeast to eastern Iowa. Snow accumulations are still expected to be highest over eastern Iowa where over 8 inches will be possible. Snow amounts lessen to an inch or two west along the I-35 corridor in central Iowa closer to Des Moines. Winds from the north northwest will increase and cause some blowing snow reducing the visibility late Tuesday into Wednesday afternoon southeast and east. Keep up to date on the forecast at mobile.weather.gov or www.weather.gov/desmoines ... See more
“If you live in central/east-central to eastern #Iowa, you are definitely going to want to keep an eye on this Monday night - Wed AM system! Could be significant snow + winds in some areas! #IowaWeather” ... See more
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT... * WHAT...Moderate to heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches possible. * WHERE...Parts of central into eastern Iowa. * WHEN...From late Monday night through Wednesday morning. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult due to snow covered and slick roads. In addition, increasing winds later Tuesday into Wednesday may cause blowing snow reducing the visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact your morning or evening commute on Tuesday and cause slower than normal travel times. ... See more
Happy 52nd Birthday 9-1-1!
Happy 150th birthday to the National Weather Service!! Weather impacts our daily life greatly and is the cause of a majority of our most costly disasters. We consult with the Des Moines NWS office often and they are an excellent partner. We rely on them a lot to offer local services to keep you and your family safe. Take a minute for an interesting read about their history: On Sunday, February 9, the National Weather Service celebrated its 150th Birthday! On that date in 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a Joint Resolution of Congress directing the Secretary of War to "provide for taking meteorological observations at the military stations in the interior of the continent, and at other points in the States and Territories...and for giving notice on the northern lakes and on the seacoast, by magnetic telegraph and marine signals, of the approach and force of storms." The service would pass to civilian control in 1891, becoming the Weather Bureau under the Dept. of Agriculture; then under the Dept. of Commerce in 1940. We became the National Weather Service when NOAA was organized in 1970, which also celebrates its 50th Birthday later this year. To put this anniversary into perspective, consider this: • Our agency has been in existence for nearly two-thirds as long as the nation’s existence • Few Federal agencies have been in existence as long; even fewer with the one enduring mission of saving lives and property • No other agency touches every community, every day, as we do. Our agency was built on the vision and determination of those who came before us. Moreover, this monumental achievement could not have happened without the support of Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors like you as we have continued to focus on our fundamental mission: protect lives and property and enhance the nation’s economy. But as we look back, we also look forward. Just as our heritage provides the context for where we are today, it also provides inspiration for sustaining the NWS well into the future as we Build a Weather-Ready Nation. With your continued support, we will do just that. To learn more about our history please visit the NWS Heritage website at www.weather.gov/heritage. ... See more
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Hazardous wintry travel is possible over portions of the state through this evening and tonight. Blowing snow may create near-blizzard conditions in northwest Iowa through this evening. Light snow of 1-3” possible in portions of southern Iowa. Less than 1 inch of snowfall is expected elsewhere. Rapidly falling temperatures this evening could cause a flash freeze on any wet or slushy roads, particularly in portions of southern Iowa. ... See more
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST THURSDAY... * WHAT...For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero. * WHERE...Portions of south central and southeast Iowa. * WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, until midnight CST tonight. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from midnight tonight to noon CST Thursday. * IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures will plummet and it is possible that wet or slushy roads could flash freeze, creating icy spots on roadways Wednesday evening. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves. ... See more
A cold front is anticipated to push across the state from this afternoon in northwest Iowa through this evening across central and southern portions of the state. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for portions of northern Iowa this afternoon into tonight for blowing snow and reduced visibility. Some locations may witness near-blizzard conditions over far northern Iowa where the fairly fresh deep snow pack is located. Across central and southern Iowa, light snow is anticipated with 1-2 inches possible across the south and less than inch in the central part of the state. A flash freeze could occur as the temperatures will rapidly drop with the cold front later today and any wet or slushy roads are likely to quickly freeze. Bitter cold temperatures and blustery winds will lead to dangerously cold wind chills of -20° to -40°F by Thursday morning. Frostbite and/or hypothermia possible if precautions not taken in these conditions! It is important to limit your time outdoors, protect all skin from the cold, and provide warm shelter for pets and animals. ... See more
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON THURSDAY... * WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero. * WHERE...Portions of central and south central Iowa. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to noon Thursday. * IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures will plummet and it is possible that wet or slushy roads could flash freeze, creating icy spots on roadways Wednesday evening. ... See more
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