Friday, December 24, 2010

Slow Moving...Still Snowing

We said this was going to be a slow storm...and it is...on every level.
You see the road conditions in the state are pretty rotten in northern Iowa. Travel is not advised on I-35 north of Highway 20 to the Minnesota state line.
The totals are coming in with heavy amounts to the north. In the metro we have seen around 3 inches of snow...and will add another inch or two by the evening. In northern Iowa the totals are over 9 inches in Mason City...and a bunch of 6 to 7 inch totals around the Waterloo area.
This storm took forever to really get enough moisture to make the snow fall to the ground. It is going to last through the evening and finally move out of the state around midnight.
Christmas morning will be dry... but there will be some wind that could cause some blowing and drifting of snow.
Take extra time to safe and Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Midnight...Dry Air Holding Off The Snow In The Metro


**Overnight update: Snow will continue to develop in bands across the state overnight. We will see the snow start to move into the central sections of the state by 1 AM.

The metro is still looking at 3" to 5" of snow...around 4" is expected in Des Moines.
Up to 6" totals will fall in isolated areas.

You can see the roads are getting slick around the state...leaving Des Moines Dry at Midnight...but the air will become saturated later this morning. Green shows normal is wet is completely covered roads... orange shows mostly covered...yellow is partially covered.

Very little wind will come with this storm...roads will be slick, but the roads should remain passable. Road crews should have a good handle on this storm.

Dry weather is still in the forecast Christmas and Sunday.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

10 PM Snow Update...

Snow is starting to reduce visibilities from Ames to Marshalltown to Grinnell. There is a thin line of heavy snow falling in that area...but there is also dry air stopping the storm from developing over the Metro.
We are still expecting snow after midnight. Around 2 am we will see the snow move into the metro and start to stick.
4" of new snow is still expected...but with the pockets of dry has me wondering if this storm has the ability to drop up to 6 inches of snow.
A winter weather advisory is still in will be slow overnight...but not impossible. Take extra time and use your patience if you have to drive. Air travel will not be held up in Des Moines.
Just finishing up the 9 news...ready to get the new totals and storm timing in line for the 10 PM on Channel 13... stay tuned.

Storm Still Slow...Snow Friday.

You can see that the roads are starting to get slippery in northern Iowa. In central Iowa we are still under normal driving conditions. Great for last-minute shoppers.

The Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect through 6 pm Friday.

The storm is slowing down...and we have seen some dry air moving into the storm. That may give us a break on higher snow totals.

I still think we will have the 3 to 6 inches of snow over the the Metro I am leaning toward 4 to 5 inches.

The snow will continue most of Friday.

We will have more updates on the 10:00 news and our own Megan Brown will be live showing the road conditions in the metro area of Des Moines.

5 PM Update on the storm

Here are the road conditions as of 5 PM Thursday. Green shows normal driving conditions and blue indicates wet roads. We have seen very decent travel for the whole state...even as we wait for the looming winter storm.
Here is the latest on the winter weather advisory...I'll be updating snow totals in just a few minutes on the Channel 13 News at 5.

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from midnight tonight to 6 PM Friday... snow will spread in from western Iowa tonight...beginning to accumulate in the advisory area around midnight and continuing through the day on Friday. Most of the accumulating snow will fall between midnight and noon on Friday. Snowfall amounts will range from 3 to 7 inches across the advisory area...with the higher amounts coming further northeast toward the Interstate 80 corridor from the Des Moines Metro eastward. Roads will become slick and snow covered. During periods of relatively heavier snowfall visibility may be reduced to below a mile... adding to travel difficulties. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility...and use caution while driving.

Winter Weather Advisory...Snow Tonight-Friday

A winter weather advisory will be in effect for the entire state of Iowa tonight through Friday. Our advisory in Des Moines will start at Midnight and run through 6 PM Christmas Eve.
Widespread 3" to 5" of snow will be common over the state through the next 30 hours.
The maps show you the counties that are included in the advisory and road conditions. You can find the road conditions right here:
These conditions are often updated every 5 to 10 minutes. It will automatically update on your computer if you leave it up on one of your windows.
The snow will pile up overnight... 2 to 4 inches by morning, then more snow will fall through the day.
I do not anticipate a winter storm warning...the wind is not going to be strong enough and the snow will fall at a slow pace that will allow road crews to work in shifts to move the snow.
It will be slick..and travel will be much slower than normal. If you are able to travel today...even through late would be better than dealing with the heavier snow tomorrow.
Stay up-to-date with Iowa's Weather Plus... 13.2 and on and here with the blog.
Have a safe and merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

6:40 PM Update on Thursday-Friday Storm

****Wednesday evening update for storm Thursday night through Friday****

A winter storm is still on track for central Iowa Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. Heavier amounts of snow are expected late Thursday night through Friday morning.

3" to 5" of new snow will be common over central Iowa...but there will be pockets of 6" to 8".

Expect periods of heavier snow over Des Moines between 1 AM and 6 AM Friday.

This system is slowing down, which means more time for snow to accumulate. There will be very little wind with the storm. No advisories, watches or warnings have been issued for central Iowa. That could change tomorrow.

If you don't have to drive late Thursday through Friday....stay put.

Air travel is not expected to be greatly impacted. There may be delays Thursday night through early Friday....but this will be a slow moving storm that will give road and run-way crews time to move snow.

New Storm Track & Totals Now on Ch13...6PM News

Hey folks... I'm updating the storm totals for tomorrow night and Friday... it still looks like 3" to 5" over central Iowa...but pockets of the state could see up to 8 inches.

Again tomorrow night through Friday morning will be the worst time for travel.

It would be better to leave early Thursday....or wait until later in the day Friday.

Coming on the air in just a few minutes...tune in.

Crazy California Snow

We are waiting for the snow Thursday night into Friday afternoon. 3" to 5" is going to be common...there will be pockets of 4" to 8" snow totals.
Check out the picture from Mammoth Mountain, California. Over 17 feet of snow has fallen in that area since Friday. More is on the way!
Over 20 inches of rain has come to southern California from the same storm track. Flooding has ravaged the area. A state of emergency has been declared in the region by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The energy from that area will move our way and will be dropping snow in most of the state Thursday night through Friday evening.
We have had our own amazing winter is a little bit of history from the National Weather Service in Johnston.

49 years ago, on December 22-23 1961, the third (and most severe) winter storm of the month struck Iowa with heavy snow and strong northerly winds bringing the state to a standstill and stranding thousands of travelers. Roadways were littered with abandoned vehicles and those stranded took shelter wherever they could. One farm house near Bondurant sheltered 90 people and another near Griswold housed 57. Near Atlantic the blinding blowing snow caused a 10 car pile-up that injured five people. The Des Moines police department estimated that there were 10,000 abandoned vehicles in the city on the evening of the 22nd. At the Des Moines airport 11.1" of snow was measured on the 22nd, the highest 24-hour amount at that location in more than a decade. Storm totals ranged up to 13.8" at Guthrie Center and at least 15 fatalities and dozens of injuries were attributed to the storm across Iowa. December of 1961 remains the snowiest on record at many locations, although not in statewide average.

Update on our storm.... The snow will start by the afternoon hours tomorrow. The heaviest snow will fall late Thursday night and early Friday. The snow will end by Friday evening. 3" to 5" snow totals area expected over the western 1/2 of Iowa.

Wind will not be a big problem with this storm...and ice is going to stay south of Iowa.

As we have said all week... avoid travel late Thursday through early Friday.

Have a great Wednesday... Ed

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

First Full Day of Winter!

The winter solstice 2010 starts tonight at 5:38 PM. The start of winter..and the shortest day of the year will be marked by colder overnight lows and the next big storm waiting to hit the central Iowa area Thursday.
I love this time of the year. The sunrise this morning was amazing. We had some fog in the area and it highlighted the deep reds and orange hues of the sun coming up over the horizon.
We still have another day of dry weather... it will be windy tonight and tomorrow morning, but the gusts will die down by Wednesday afternoon.
Here comes the Thursday storm...right on schedule...and as advertised. It will give us more snow. 4 to 8 inches of snow is still on the table. Ice will stay to the south of Missouri.
This storm hits as many are trying to hit the roads. Travel to the north is looking much better than to the south. The best time to travel...early Thursday and late Friday or Saturday morning. The worst time to drive will be Thursday afternoon, evening and overnight into Friday morning.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse...Too Many Clouds

Iowans will have very little chance for viewing the lunar eclipse overnight.
It was over 300 years ago when the last winter eclipse occurred.
What a bummer that the clouds have moved back into the area. There are many who will venture out anyway to see if they win the lunar eclipse lottery.
The small storm that moved through the state today left many areas of northeastern Iowa under snow and very icy roads.
Now we have a layer of clouds that will blanket most of the state overnight.

A winter weather advisory is still in place for northeastern Iowa. You can see heavier amounts of snow have fallen just east of Waterloo. La port City reported over 3 inches of snow.
Now we have light freezing drizzle falling behind this storm. Roads will be icy in that area of Iowa overnight.
We are not going to see much precipitation out of this system. The drier NE wind is taking away the moisture from the Metro area.
Here was the latest advisory update from the NWS.

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for northeastern Iowa until 6 am Tuesday... accumulating snows have all but ended across the advisory area. Occasional flurries or light snow may fall for the rest of the afternoon...but with little or no additional accumulation. However light freezing rain or freezing drizzle may develop early this evening lasting into the night...especially in the Mason City and Waterloo areas. many roads will remain slick and snow covered from previous snows...with additional travel difficulties possible later this evening due to minor ice accumulations. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility...and use caution while driving.

Winter Weather Advisory Today....More Thursday

A winter weather advisory is in effect for northeastern Iowa until 6 AM tomorrow morning.
3" to 5" of snow is expected in the purple shaded counties on the Iowa map. By 11:00 AM Waterloo was reporting 2 inches of new snow.
In Des Moines we are expecting a light wintry mix of flurries and freezing drizzle. We are on the very south end of the current weather we will not get nearly the travel headache that folks in north central and northeastern Iowa are experiencing.
Keep an eye on Thursday's forecast. This one looks to be stronger...and is setting up farther south.
Everyone south of Highway 30 can expect measurable snow of 3 to 6 inches of snow late Thursday through Friday morning. This storm will obviously impact travel.
Watch for constant updates on the storm right here and on HD 13.1 and 13.2.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

More Snow...Here Are The Totals

The light snow over the last 24 hours left 1.2" of snow at the NWS in Johnston...about .50" at the Des Moines Airport...and much more in northeastern Iowa.
5 inches of snow fell in the Waterloo area...also in the area south of the Quad Cities.
The map shows the heavier amounts in the area that had the winter weather advisory through this morning.
The roads remain pretty slick....remember to call 511 to receive updated road conditions for the state and the region.
A few periods of snow flurries will continue this afternoon. It will clear out overnight and remain sunny, but cold Friday through Saturday.
The next chance for snow moves into the area Monday.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Weather Wednesday

More winter weather is on the way! There have been snow showers through the morning. Now we are watching for the heavier snow to move in this afternoon and evening.
Northeastern Iowa has the best chance for 3 to 6 inches of snow. There could be pockets of 6+ inches in the north central counties of the state.
There is a winter weather advisory in effect for northeastern Iowa from Noon until early tomorrow morning.
The snowfall forecast is showing the heavier snow in the counties shaded in purple. In Des Moines we are looking for totals just below an inch.
Remember to keep your winter emergency survival kit in your car and call 511 to receive road condition reports over your phone.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More Light Snow...Overview of Weekend Blizzard

The clouds are going to keep the temperatures below normal again today. Highs will be in the 20 degree range.

Today we will see another very light snow event...flurries running over the state. No Accumulation is expected. Another storm system is going to move to the north of Iowa tomorrow and give us a chance for light snow tomorrow afternoon and evening.

1" to 2" of snow are possible in central Iowa...but 5 inches of new snow is expected along the Iowa/Minnesota border. The best chance for snow is in northeastern Iowa.

The nice folks at the National Weather Service in Johnston have put together an overview of the blizzard that busted up travel plans over the weekend. You can read all about it... and relive the moments right here:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I-80 OPEN! Wind Chill Advisory...Snow Totals

Interstate 80 is open again! Around 9:45 the DOT opened the interstate and allowed tow trucks to get out to help those stranded vehicles.

The light blue counties in the state map indicate where the wind chill advisory is through 3 PM today. Wind gusts could reach 40 mph and the temperatures are going to stay in the single digits. The combination of the wind and cold temperatures will create wind chills of -20 to -30.
Check out the snowfall totals for the state. Very interesting that we had 4.4" at the Des Moines International Airport. It is not easy to measure snow totals when the wind is blowing around 50 to 70 mph.
In my neighborhood...Waukee...I estimate about 2" of snow. There were some drifts around the corners of the house that were 4 to 6 inches deep.
Roads are improving....but if you are driving today...make sure you fuel up, have the emergency kit in the car...and keep your cell phone with you and fully charged.
Stay safe this weekend.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

8:45 PM Update:Extreme Wind/Blizzard Conditions

Do not travel tonight. That is what the Iowa DOT is asking of drivers.
The DOT has pulled snow plows off the western 1/2 of Iowa. Travelers are warned that if they venture out...they may not be rescued tonight.
Flights have been cancelled through the Midwest. Check with your airline at the Des Moines International Airport before you leave to make a flight tomorrow.
We have seen only 1 to 2 inches of snow...but the wind gusts have reached 60 mph. White-out conditions continue for the area...even tree damage has been reported in the Urbandale area.
The high today was 46....tonight we will see single digits with wind chills at -15 to -25.
Iowa State Patrol says I-80 west of West Des Moines is closed because of jack-knifed semi-trucks. They are working to set up road-blocks...but ask folks not to drive that way tonight...they will not get far.

6:00 PM Saturday Storm Update

Road conditions are going down-hill right now. Travel is not recommended in most of northwest Iowa tonight. Civil emergency messages are clear about keeping people off the roads.


The snow pellets that are falling right now over much of the metro look like the stuffing that falls out of a beanbag chair. This is sometimes referred to as graupel. It occurs when warm air is wrapping around the snow storm and colliding with the extremely cold air on the other side of the system.

Stay home if you can tonight. Dangerous road conditions will continue through the early morning hours.

3:15 Update...Saturday's Storm

A BLIZZARD WARNING is still in effect for the state tonight into tomorrow morning.

The worst travel conditions are right now in the northwest corner of the state. Many roads are closed from I-20 north of Council Bluffs to Highway 18 near Algona. That northwest 1/4 of Iowa has very high wind that is reducing visibilities and keeping road crews off the interstate and state highways.

The DOT camera picture was taken just before 3PM and shows the wind blowing light snow around the area west of Des Moines on I-80 at Adair. More snow is expected to move into that area of central Iowa tonight. They could still see another 5 inches of snow.

In Des Moines we are still expecting about 1 to 2 inches of snow...but the wind will gust over 40 mph to around 50 tonight. That is going to cause blizzard conditions. Travel is going to be more difficult in central Iowa tonight. If you don't have to travel...stay at safe at home.
Make sure you have your emergency travel kit in your car.
This picture shows a storage tub with litter to use for traction...booster scraper...first aid kit...non-perishable food items and extra boots.
Always make sure you have your cell phone ready with a full charge.

We will have live reports from the road tonight at 6 PM. We are always updating live on Iowa's Weather Plus...WHO HD 13.2.

Here are a couple of web sites that will keep you updated on everything from road conditions to blizzard warnings.

1:00 PM Update on Blizzard Warning
If you have not been out today... you are lucky.
The side streets are very slick as the cold air under-cut the rain this morning and gave us an instant freeze on the rain that fell overnight.
The highways are being treated across the state. I drove from Waukee to Indianola at 11:00 this morning...and had no problem with road conditions on the highway. The biggest problem will be the driveway to neighborhood streets.
The road map is from 1:00 PM. Remember RED means travel is not advised. PINK indicates the roads are completely covered with snow and or ice. ORANGE means the roads are mostly covered...Yellow=partially covered and BLUE shows where the roads are wet.
A BLIZZARD WARNING is still in effect for central Iowa late this afternoon through tomorrow morning. The NWS is calling for 3 to 5 inches of additional snow. I think that could happen just to the west of the the storm pulls in the moisture late today. It still looks like Des Moines will see 1 to 2 inches of snow...then very windy conditions.
THE WIND is the big monster in this storm. Wind gusts over 50 mph are expected tonight. That will reduce visibilities to around zero. Road conditions will be very slick as the temperatures fall to the single digits.
More updates coming through the day.

Blizzard Warning...We all get some today

This morning the National Weather Service expanded the Blizzard Warning from northern Iowa through most of the state...including the Des Moines metro.

The snow started to fly in central Iowa around 9 AM...sooner than expected. The cold air was pulled in before the rain could be cut off with drier air that stopped the snow by mid-morning.

At the time of this was still raining in northeast Iowa!

There is a chance for more light snow in central Iowa this afternoon and evening... but the big issue is going to be the wind.

The Northwest wind will whip up to 50 mph. Even walking will be difficult with wind gusts at that level. When you add in light snow and darkness...visibilities will be reduced.

Tonight wind chills will reach -20 to -25. There will be slick spots on roads...but the roads in northern Iowa will be dangerous.

So...we will not see much snow...but the wind...the cold...and visibilities are enough to issue the blizzard warning.

Be careful... if you have to travel...make sure you have your emergency winter kit in your car. Always have your cell phone fully charged.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Saturday Storm Update

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for central and southern Iowa Saturday. There is also a Blizzard Warning for northern Iowa...and a Blizzard Watch for eastern Iowa.
Temperatures will be warm overnight...we will see all rain tonight. Tomorrow the rain will continue through mid-morning...then it will be dry through early afternoon.
Temperatures will continue to fall through the day and we will see snow wrapping around the storm with very gusty wind.
The Winter Advisory is issued because of the wind blowing the inch-or-so of snow...reducing visibilities and creating dangerous wind chills.

Saturday Storm Update

A blizzard watch and warning have been posted for northern Iowa tomorrow through early Sunday.
We are going to miss the big sucker punch of this storm.
Rain will move in this evening and will continue overnight into the late morning tomorrow. We will use up most of the moisture before the very cold weather gets here Saturday evening.
Heavy snow is expected in northern Iowa. Wind gust will blast in over 40 mph. The roads will become very slick and visibilities will drop in northern Iowa tomorrow.
We will all see the very cold temperatures by Sunday.
Wind chills will drop to the -15 to -25 degree range.
Travel to the south this weekend is looking OK. North of Highway 30 the travel conditions will be terrible.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

From Snowy to Soggy Saturday

What a great day of 40s we enjoyed Thursday and more warm highs are on the way Friday. Highs will be in the upper 40s tomorrow...might see some 50s close to the metro.

The stream of heat is going to keep us very comfortable through the end of the workweek.

The next storm is moving our way, but the warm temperatures are going to keep the moisture all liquid through Saturday morning. There will be snow in northern Iowa. Along the Iowa/Minnesota border we could see 5 to 8 inches of snow. There is a Winter Storm Watch for that portion of the state...but it does not start until 12AM Saturday.
We will even have a chance for isolated thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday morning.
I think maybe an inch of snow will fall as close as Ames. Heavy snow around Algona to Mason City to Dubuque. Those folks could see 5 to 8 inches of solid moisture and very windy conditions taking down visibilities and making a mess of roads.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mild to Wild Weather This Week

This is some time-lapse video of November 1, 2009 through February 2010. It was posted on You-Tube from a security camera in Des Moines. It reminds all of us what a crazy winter we were dealing with at this time last year.

Mild temperatures are going to return to Iowa tomorrow and Thursday. Our highs will climb back into the 30s and 40s.

There will be a slight chance for showers and light snow in Des Moines Thursday. This storm will take a northern track and give the counties on the Iowa/Minnesota border a better chance for heavier snow.

Saturday is the focus for our team of meteorologists. This storm will move from the Oklahoma panhandle and sweep through Missouri. It has the potential to give us rain...freezing rain and snow on Saturday.

By Sunday the temperatures will plummet to the teens for highs and lows around zero. Yes...there will be gusty wind behind the storm too.

Travel on Saturday and Sunday could be pretty tough across much of the state.

As always...I will update the storm on the 5, 6, 9 and 10 news tonight and every night. As we get closer to the weekend... the storm path will set up and give us a better idea of exact timing...and who is going to get the best and worst of this weekend storm.

I talked with a guy today who told me his 9-year old was excited about Thursday's storm because the child has not had to go to school on the 9th of December. A winter storm has hit every year when the the 9th of December falls during the week. That happens to be the kid's birthday. Pretty cool...until you have to make-up snow days at the end of the school year.

Stay tuned....and stay informed.... Ed

Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter Storm For Northern Iowa

A winter weather advisory has been issued for some of northern Iowa...from a line near Algona to Iowa City. 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected in that area.
A Winter Storm Warning is in place for the rest of northeastern Iowa. 5 to 7 inches of snow is expected there.
High wind will also kick-in tomorrow. That will cause blowing and drifting...and low visibilities.
You may click here for more details:
The rest of the weekend will be dry, but cold.
You can always call 511 to get road conditions in the state of Iowa, and most states that border our great state.
Have a safe weekend.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hurricane Season...Easy on U.S.

As we get ready for some light snow tomorrow and more snow on Friday... it is interesting to get the news from NOAA that the hurricane season...although active...was not so bad on the coasts of the United States.

Extremely Active Atlantic Hurricane Season was a “Gentle Giant” for U.S.

NOAA’s Prediction for Active Season Realized; Slow Eastern Pacific Season Sets Record

According to NOAA the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends tomorrow, was one of the busiest on record. In contrast, the eastern North Pacific season had the fewest storms on record since the satellite era began.

In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed – tied with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes – tied with 1969 for second highest on record. Five of those reached major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.

These totals are within the ranges predicted in NOAA’s seasonal outlooks issued on May 27 (14-23 named storms; 8-14 hurricanes; 3-7 major hurricanes) and August 5 (14-20 named storms; 8-12 hurricanes; 4-6 major hurricanes). An average Atlantic season produces 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Large-scale climate features strongly influenced this year’s hurricane activity, as they often do. This year, record warm Atlantic waters, combined with the favorable winds coming off Africa and weak wind shear aided by La Niña energized developing storms. The 2010 season continues the string of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995.

But short-term weather patterns dictate where storms actually travel and in many cases this season, that was away from the United States. The jet stream’s position contributed to warm and dry conditions in the eastern U.S. and acted as a barrier that kept many storms over open water. Also, because many storms formed in the extreme eastern Atlantic, they re-curved back out to sea without threatening land.

“As NOAA forecasters predicted, the Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active on record, though fortunately most storms avoided the U.S. For that reason, you could say the season was a gentle giant,” said Jack Hayes, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service.

Other parts of the Atlantic basin weren’t as fortunate. Hurricane Tomas brought heavy rain to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and several storms, including Alex, battered eastern Mexico and Central America with heavy rain, mudslides and deadly flooding.

Though La Niña helped to enhance the Atlantic hurricane season, it also suppressed storms from forming and strengthening in the eastern North Pacific. Of that region’s seven named storms this year, three grew into hurricanes and two of those became major hurricanes. This is the fewest named storms (previous record low was eight in 1977) and the fewest hurricanes (previous record low was four in 1969, 1970, 1977 and 2007) on record since the satellite era began in the mid-1960s. An average eastern North Pacific season produces 15 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes.

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