Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Snow and Slick Roads...Last Night & Today

The roads were still slick this morning after the snow we told you about coming yesterday...came last night. The commute was still pretty sketchy as I took kids to school around 7:30. We all had slippery commutes this morning in the metro.

The snow really did not start coming down until midnight in the Des Moines metro. The temperatures finally were cold enough and the dew point was high enough to give us bursts of snow in isolated areas.

The road pictures were at a stop sign in Clive last night. The tracks in the snow were left behind my car around 1 AM.

The fog and frost slowed traffic to a crawl...and the untreated lanes of roads had drivers skidding and sometimes crashing.

The highs today will quickly climb to the 30s and 40s. The rest of the week is still looking pretty quiet.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Snow Possible...Won't Be Here Long

Snow you go. A chance for some snow over the next 36 hours.

The latest forecast map shows a chance for maybe an inch or so of snow over central and southern Iowa tomorrow.

This snow is going to make it now is a good time to remind travelers to take it slow. Expect delays and your brakes to not work when you slam on them as you see the ice or snow on the roads.

Here is the link to the latest road conditions in the state.

The problem for those who want a white Christmas is this.... 40 degrees and mostly sunny skies by Wednesday.

There will be another slight chance for snow late Friday night into Saturday. Check out the forecast tonight at 5, 6 and 10 on 13. You can always watch our live news and get weather updates on your computer or smart phone. for live streaming.

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Have a great night.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Slightly Slick ... Snow Totals

The roads were slick this morning...but in our neighborhood we did not see Amy major traffic problems to and from the school commute.

The radar image was from the storm last night as I was watching from the weather center.

Where it was snowing at that time is where the heaviest snow totals are coming from this morning.

Des Moines had 1.2 inches of snow. Up to 2 inches of new snow was reported in SW Iowa.

The extra snow will make it a cold day
In Iowa. We also have that cold Canadian air pushing down on us today.

Highs today will be in the low to middle 20s. Lows tonight will drop back to 12.

The weekend is still looking warmer. We will watch this snow melt away.

Have a great weekend,

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Very Slick Roads...Early Snow Reports

These images were from 11:00 tonight. We are hearing about the accidents all over the central Iowa area as the roads continue to be very slick under the light snow that has been falling through the evening.

Earlham in Dallas County had 1.4 inches of snow. northern Polk County was reporting 1.3 inches and .5" was reported in Centerville.

Please take extra time for travel. The icy roads are still going to be an issue through the morning hours. It will clear out..but stay very cold, so we will see re-freeze late Friday.

Over 100 accidents were reported by 11PM. The towing crews and police/state patrol officers are busy.

It will be warmer over the weekend....the snow will go.

Slick Roads Tonight...Snow Moving Through

The light snow continues to fall over central Iowa tonight. We are already watching the slick roads take over central Iowa.

The roads will continue to be icy tonight. The snow will end late tonight. ...but there will be one more round of snow after midnight.

Make extra time for your morning commute.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Umbrellas...Not Shovels for Des Moines

The weekend is going to be messy. The mess will come in heavy rainfall and heavy snow.

The snow is staying to the northwest of the central Iowa area. Des Moines is going to stay warm enough to keep the umbrellas over your head.

In northwestern Iowa 5 to 7 inches of snow will keep the shovels on the sidewalks and driveways.

There is a winter storm watch for the northwest. The snow will be wet and heavy.

Cold and dry air takes over the rest of the weekend...and most of next week.

Sloppy Weekend

There was light snow this morning on the picnic table and back yard of Steve Gardner's home in Norwalk.

We had some of the coldest temperatures of the season with lows around 14 in Des Moines. It will warm up to around 40 today. It will allow us to melt away the light snow before the mess moves in tomorrow.

There is a winter storm watch for the NW 1/3 of Iowa tomorrow. Up to 7 inches of snow will fall in that area of the state.

In Des Moines we are expecting a full day of rain. Up to an inch or so of rainfall will make central Iowa soupy. Heavy snow will cause travel problems for folks in NW Iowa.

This storm system has winter watches and warning from New Mexico to Wisconsin.

The rain will change to snow in Des Moines early Sunday morning. 1"to 2" of snow is possible over the metro before the storm moves east by early Sunday afternoon.