Cancellations & Blizzard Warning
Several Fairfield businesses have or will close early today. If you must go out, call ahead to make sure the place you plan to visit is open. MidWest One Bank locations closed at 11:30 a.m. First National Bank closed at noon. Iowa State Bank and Louden Depot Credit Union both closed at 1 p.m. Jefferson County Public Health is closing at 2 p.m. Community Childcare is closing at 3 p.m. Cambridge Investment Research is closing at 3 p.m.
The Fairfield Volunteer Center's Lunch and Learn set for noon today has been canceled. it will be rescheduled after the holidays.
The Roosevelt Community Recreation Center and Roosevelt Aquatic Center will remain open regular hours today, but has canceled: all fitness classes; gymnastics and trampoline classes, with a make-up day set for Dec. 27; the Coupon Class, with a make-up day set Dec. 29.
All Indian Hills Community College locations are closing at noon, and no evening classes will be held.
The 12:15 p.m. meeting of Weight Watchers at the Fairfield Senior Citizen Center has been canceled.
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County ISU Extension Office, Van Buren County Farm Service Agency, the Jefferson and Van Buren county USDA NRCS offices, The Lord's Cupboard are closed today.
The Fairfield, Pekin, Van Buren and Cardinal school districts have canceled school today because of the winter storm.
Community Child Care's Preschool and kindergarten classes are canceled.
St. Mary's Preschool is canceled.
The Fairfield Senior Citizen Center is closed today. No congregate meal will be served.
The Keosauqua senior center is closed today.
The Fairfield Eagles Club has canceled its daily meal.
High winds a serious travel hazard for large trucks and
other high-profile vehicles
AMES, Iowa – Dec. 20, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is advising motorists that high wind speeds, with gusts exceeding 50 mph, and blowing snow are creating a serious travel hazard for commercial motor vehicles, other high-profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers.
The Iowa DOT and Iowa State Patrol are reporting numerous traffic crashes (many are multi-vehicle incidents), jack-knifed vehicles and semi-tractor trailers unable to climb steep inclines that are blocking roads throughout the state.
The Iowa DOT is strongly recommending that commercial motor vehicles consider postponing their trip through Iowa until the winds diminish and safe travel conditions can be restored. Or consider another route that avoids the Midwest blizzard conditions. Travel conditions are expected to improve on Friday.
Some Iowa DOT facilities to remain closed for the day
These sites remain closed:
Driver's licenses stations at Council Bluffs, Waterloo, Dubuque, Clinton, Iowa City, Burlington, Ottumwa and Marshalltown.
Statewide Motor Vehicle Information Center based in Ankeny
Statewide Motor Carrier Permit Center based in Ankeny
Travel not recommended in Van Buren County
According to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, travel is not recommended in Van Buren County.The Iowa Department of Transportation has just issued a "No Tow" order in effect until further notice.Zero visibility whiteout conditions and strong gusting winds are causing semi trucks to be blown off the roadways.Again, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office is requesting all persons stay off the roadways.— Authority Chief Deputy Brad Hudson
All Iowa DOT Offices Closed until Noon Today
AMES, Iowa – Dec. 20, 2012 – Due to the blizzard conditions and in conjunction with an announcement by Governor Branstad, all Iowa Department of Transportation facilities will remain closed until noon today. This pertains to all facilities statewide, with the exception of the winter maintenance operations. This affects all state-operated driver's license stations and the motor vehicle permit center.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL 306 AM CST THU DEC 20 2012 ...MAJOR WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA TONIGHT AND THURSDAY... .AN INTENSE WINTER STORM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION TODAY...BRINGING HEAVY SNOW...HIGH WINDS AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 8 TO 15 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL IOWA INTO FAR NORTHWEST ILLINOIS. RAIN WILL CONTINUE EARLY TODAY OVER SOUTHEAST IOWA AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS...BUT WILL CHANGE TO HEAVY SNOW BY NOON. HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON HOURS...ESPECIALLY OVER EXTREME EASTERN IOWA AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS...WHERE NEW SNOW TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE NOW EXPECTED. VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL BE GUSTING TO AT 50 TO 55 MPH...AND SUSTAINED AROUND 40 MPH. THIS WILL RESULT IN LIFE THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING FOR ANYONE THAT BECOMES STRANDED OR OTHERWISE NOT PREPARED. DO NOT BE CAUGHT OFF GUARD TODAY...EVEN THOUGH IT IS RAINING THIS MORNING...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED BY NOON IN MANY LOCATIONS IN EXTREME EASTERN IOWA AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS.
306 AM CST THU DEC 20 2012 ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... ...WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN UPGRADED... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN QUAD CITIES HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. * TIMING...RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MID MORNING...THEN WILL CHANGE TO HEAVY WET SNOW. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. * SNOWFALL...SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES. * WIND...LIGHT NORTHWEST WINDS WILL RAPIDLY INCREASE TO 30 TO 40 MPH BY MID MORNING WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 55 POSSIBLE FROM LATER MORNING THROUGH AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL REMAIN FROM 30 TO 35 MPH THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING...WITH GUST CONTINUING TO REACH 50 MPH AT TIMES. * VISIBILITY...THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO ZERO AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS. * TEMPERATURE/WIND CHILL...TEMPERATURES WILL BE FALLING INTO THE 20S BY AFTERNOON WITH WIND CHILLS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE RAPIDLY ONCE RAIN CHANGES TO SNOW THIS MORNING. DUE TO INITIAL WARM PAVEMENT TEMPERATURES...ROADWAYS MAY BECOME ICY. IN ADDITION...VERY HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY SNOW WILL LEAD TO BLIZZARD CONDITIONS DURING THE LATE MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING. TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL BECOME DANGEROUS...ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS THAT FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW...STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES OF ONE-QUARTER MILE OR LESS ARE OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. THIS WILL CAUSE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS... MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL! IF YOU MUST TRAVEL DUE TO AN EMERGENCY...TAKE YOUR WINTER SURVIVAL KIT. IF YOU GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL HELP ARRIVES.