Cancellations, Weather. Road Conditions
Fairfield, Cardinal, Pekin and Van Buren community schools have canceled classes today.
Maharishi School has canceled classes today.
Indian Hills Community College has canceled classes today and this evening at all sites.
Pekin Childcare Center is closed today.
Headstart will not have classes today.
Mother's Day Out Preschool will not have classes today.
Immanuel Lutheran Church will not have prekindergarten classes today.
St. Mary Preschool is canceled today.
The Fairfield and Keosauqua senior citizen centers are closed today; no meals will be served or delivered.
The Fairfield Eagles Club will not serve lunch today.
The Lord's Cupboard is closed today.
The Fairfield High School 10th-12th Pops Concert set for this evening has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 12 in the FHS Auditorium. The Freshmen Pops Concert, which was scheduled for March 12 has been moved to March 19.
Community Childcare Center is closing at 1 p.m. today. Preschool and prekindergarten classes are canceled.
WIC is canceled today.
The Fairfield Park and Recreation Department has canceled the gymnastics classes and swim team practice today.
First United Methodist Church has canceled its Bible study set for this evening.
The Fairfield Clinic PC closed at noon today. Staff asks those with appointments Wednesday to call ahead before arriving for their appointments: 472-4141. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the Jefferson County Health Center Emergency Room.
National Weather Service
Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL 1206 PM CST TUE FEB 26 2013 ...STRONG WINTER STORM PRODUCING HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS... .SNOW CONTINUES TO FALL ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA. THE SNOW HAS BEEN HEAVY AT TIMES WITH VISIBILITIES FALLING TO AROUND 1/2 MILE OR LESS. TRAVEL WILL BE IMPACTED THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS INTO TONIGHT...WITH SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS EXPECTED. JEFFERSON-HENRY IA-DES MOINES-VAN BUREN-LEE-HENDERSON-WARREN- HANCOCK-MCDONOUGH-SCOTLAND-CLARK- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FAIRFIELD...MOUNT PLEASANT... BURLINGTON...KEOSAUQUA....FORT MADISON...OQUAWKA...MONMOUTH... CARTHAGE...MACOMB...MEMPHIS...KAHOKA
1206 PM CST TUE FEB 26 2013 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY... * SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 9 INCHES. * ICE ACCUMULATIONS...FREEZING DRIZZLE COULD PRODUCE A GLAZE OF ICE LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT. * WINDS...NORTHEAST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. * VISIBILITIES...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MAY REDUCE VISIBILITIES IN RURAL AND OPEN AREAS TO A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 9 INCHES ARE EXPECTED...LEADING TO SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE...SO ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY AND TAKE YOUR WINTER SURVIVAL KIT.
Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL 304 AM CST TUE FEB 26 2013 ...SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND WIND EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT... .A WINTER STORM WILL MOVE NORTHEAST FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO INDIANA TONIGHT THROUGH TONIGHT. SNOW AMOUNTS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER MUCH OF SOUTHEAST IOWA...WEST CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI. 3 TO 6 INCH AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 80. A SHARPER CUT OFF OF SNOW AMOUNTS MAY OCCUR FURTHER TO THE NORTH AND WEST AS DRY AIR GETS DRAWN INTO THE SYSTEM. WINDS WILL IMPACT ALL OF THE REGION...AND WHEN COMBINED WITH THE SNOW...WILL LEAD TO WINTER STORM CONDITIONS. JEFFERSON-INCLUDING THE CITY OF...FAIRFIELD 304 AM CST TUE FEB 26 2013 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN QUAD CITIES HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING...ACCUMULATING SNOW SPREADING ACROSS THE AREA AFTER 9 AM WITH SNOW CONTINUING THROUGH TONIGHT. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL THIS AFTERNOON. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...5 TO 8 INCHES. * WINDS...NORTHEAST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. * VISIBILITIES...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MAY REDUCE VISIBILITIES IN RURAL AND OPEN AREAS TO A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. * TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS TODAY DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW AND CONTINUE TONIGHT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS 6 TO 7 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE...SO ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY AND TAKE YOUR WINTER SURVIVAL KIT.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL 415 AM CST TUE FEB 26 2013 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...NORTHWEST ILLINOIS...WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...EAST CENTRAL IOWA...NORTHEAST IOWA...SOUTHEAST IOWA AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE AREA. PLEASE REFER TO OUR WINTER WEATHER PRODUCTS FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS. HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD OVER SOUTHEAST IOWA...NORTHEAST MISSOURI AND WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS EARLY THIS MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES. BY NOON...THIS AREA WILL SEE 5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOWFALL. FOR LOCATIONS JUST NORTH...THROUGH HIGHWAY 30...THE SNOW WILL INCREASE BY MID TO LATE MORNING...WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY EVENING. FARTHER NORTH...ALONG HIGHWAY 20...SNOW SHOULD BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON. LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE MUCH OF THE NIGHT TONIGHT. BY MORNING...MOST LOCATIONS SOUTHEAST OF IOWA CITY TO DUBUQUE IOWA WILL SEE AMOUNTS OVER 5 INCHES. IN ADDITION THE SNOW...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH GUSTING TO 35 MPH WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. IF POSSIBLE...AVOID TRAVEL IF IN SOUTHEAST IOWA...NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI TODAY AND TONIGHT. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY WEDNESDAY BEFORE TAPERING TO FLURRIES AND ENDING WEDNESDAY NIGHT. NEW ACCUMULATIONS WEDNESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHOULD RANGE FROM ONE HALF TO ONE INCH. BRISK WINDS ON WEDNESDAY SHOULD RESULT IN DRIFTING SNOW IN RURAL AND OPEN AREAS. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SNOW REPORTS OF 1 INCH OR MORE WILL BE APPRECIATED.
Iowa Department of Transportation
Motorists Urged to Stay Alert For Icy Roads
AMES, Iowa – Feb. 26, 2013; 5 p.m. update – Motorists are urged to monitor weather and road conditions before traveling – stay informed and plan ahead. Overnight tonight, north to northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph, with higher gusts, are expected to cause blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibilities to less than one-quarter mile at times.
The combination of light blowing snow and cold surface temperatures could result in icy roadways due to a phenomenon called wheel-track glazing. “Wheel-track glazing” is caused by warm tires trapping the ground-level light or blowing snow. As more vehicles travel over the same wheel tracks a glaze of ice forms, which becomes very slippery. The condition is very difficult for Iowa Department of Transportation crews to treat because the ice is continuously forming on heavily traveled roadways. See the Iowa DOT’s website for http://www.iowadot.gov/maintenance/wheeltrackglazing.html more about on roadway glaze and its consequences.
Increased driving risk: The consequences of wheel-track glazing can be serious for drivers; stopping distances are 10 times greater than on dry pavement and double that on packed snow.
Safety tips: Here are some tips for driving on icy roads, when travel is necessary. Postpone your trip if possible.
- On “Ice and Snow… Take It Slow.”
- Give your full attention to the driving task. Do not use a mobile communication device while driving.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Put a safe distance between your vehicle and others sharing the roadway.
- Keep your windshield clear of snow and ice.
- Turn on your vehicle’s lights.
- If you are starting to skid, tap the breaks. Do not push down and hold the brake pedal.
Use Caution When Driving Around Snowplows #iatraffic
AMES, Iowa – Feb, 26, 2013; 1 p.m. update – Snowfall totals are adding up in parts of Iowa. That means several hundred Iowa Department of Transportation, county and city snowplows are on the road to clear the wintry mess for afternoon commuters.
Here are a few tips when approaching, following or passing a snowplow.
- Snowplows generally operate at much slower speeds than other traffic.
- Snowplows can be forced sideways when clearing hard-packed drifts and generate a "snow cloud" that may impair the vision of drivers in nearby vehicles.
- Remain a safe distance behind the snowplow, pass only when clear and never continue to drive alongside a plow.
- Allow plenty of space when passing a snowplow because the wing of the plow blade extends out to the side of the truck.
- Do not cut back into the lane of traffic too soon in front of a snowplow truck because the blade also extends in front of the truck.
Remember the slogans, “Ice and Snow … Take It Slow” and “Don’t crowd the plow.”
(See the Iowa D.O.T. poster at the top of this list)
Winter Storm Roars Northward #iatraffic
AMES, Iowa – Feb. 26, 2013; 11:30 update – The current winter storm predicted to remain in southeast Iowa has turned its attention to dropping significant snowfall as far north as Waterloo.
The National Weather Service has updated the earlier winter storm advisory to a winter storm warning for counties south of a line from Creston to Ames to Waterloo. The warning is in effect until Wednesday at noon
Iowa Department of Transportation crews are working to assist motorists, but any unnecessary travel should be postponed until weather conditions improve.
The Iowa DOT offers traveler information anytime by visiting www.511ia.org, or calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).
If you are at your computer and would like a more detailed look at what the Iowa DOT is watching, log on to the Iowa DOT’s road weather information system, WeatherView, available to the public at http://weatherview.iowadot.gov/. This resource offers valuable travel information like pavement temperatures, precipitation and wind speeds, as well as camera views.
To to be part of the conversation, the Iowa DOT continues to urge travelers to provide feedback on Twitter and Facebook. Travelers who are stopped in a safe location are asked to take a moment to share observations and experiences.
Throughout the storm, while stopped in a safe location, use social media to connect with the Iowa DOT.
- Geotag photos and video: All smartphones have GPS because of enhanced 911 service. If you are a social media user who likes to share photos and video during winter storms, be sure the geotagging feature on your mobile device is enabled. Then the location of where your photo or video was taken will be tagged.
- Follow us: All traffic-related news releases and traffic incident reports are posted on the Iowa DOT’s Twitter accounts. Search for either @iowadot or @statewideia511.
- Use the traffic hashtag: The Iowa DOT is using the hashtag #iatraffic during this event and recommends that other Twitter users do the same to find relevant tweets using that key phrase.
- Tell us what you are seeing: Your information could be invaluable to others who are considering travel. You can also be another set of eyes for the Iowa DOT. When posting to Twitter, reference @iowadot in your post. Tag us in your posts and photos on Facebook.
Southeast Iowa Taking the Brunt of Yet Another Winter Storm #iatraffic
AMES, Iowa – Feb. 26, 2013 – Iowans in the southeast part of the state awoke to yet another winter storm. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s 511 website is reporting roadways completely covered with snow in south central and southeast Iowa and partially to mostly covered in central Iowa.
National Weather Service winter storm warnings remain in effect for south central and southeast Iowa until 6 a.m. Wednesday. In the warning area, snow accumulations of up to 10 inches are expected with northeast winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 35 mph. Travel is expected to be difficult in the warning area due to blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibilities.
A winter storm advisory is in effect for counties north of the warning area and south of a line from Clarinda to Ames to Waterloo until 6 a.m. Wednesday, with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected in the advisory area. North to northeast winds are also being experiences in this area, causing reduced visibility.
Check Iowa road conditions before traveling today by visiting http://www.511ia.org, calling 511 in Iowa or 800-288-1047 nationwide; the website also offers details on how to get traffic information via Twitter, Facebook or your mobile device.
Attention social media users: Use hashtag #iatraffic in your posts and mention @iowadot or @statewideia511 to be part of Iowa's traffic information network. Do not attempt to use mobile devices while you are driving.