March 5, 2013: Weather-related announcements
Fairfield Community School District
The Fairfield Community School District plans to follow its regular last-start Wednesday tomorrow, March 6.
Buses will run on hard-surfaced roads only. Buses routes will start at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday.
Buses will continue to run on hard-surfaced roads only until further notice.
Cancellations for Tuesday, March 5
No school today in Fairfield, Cardinal and Van Buren community school districts.
Pekin school district is on a 2 hour delay, and the childcare center opening is delayed until 8 a.m.
Maharishi School has canceled classes.
No preschool and/or prekindergarten classes today at: Jefferson County Headstart; Mother's Day Out; Im manuel Lutheran; St. Mary, Community Childcare Preschool and Pre-K.
The Fairfield Senior Citizen Center is closed today. No congregate meal will be served.
National Weather Service Quad Cities
Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
355 AM CST TUE MAR 5 2013
...SNOW STORM IMPACTING THE TODAY AND EARLY TONIGHT...
.AN INTENSE WINTER STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK ACROSS THE MIDWEST
THROUGH THIS EVENING AND PRODUCE PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW.
THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL TOTALS ARE EXPECTED GENERALLY NORTH AND EAST OF A LINE FROM WATERLOO IOWA TO THE QUAD CITIES. LESSER AMOUNTS WILL FALL TO THE SOUTH AND WEST OF THAT LINE. INCREASING WINDS THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING WILL RESULT IN SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...ADDING TO THE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
IOWA-KEOKUK-WASHINGTON-JEFFERSON-HENRY IA-VAN BUREN-LEE-SCOTLAND-CLARK- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MARENGO...SIGOURNEY...WASHINGTON...FAIRFIELD...MOUNT PLEASANT...KEOSAUQUA....FORT MADISON...MEMPHIS...KAHOKA
355 AM CST TUE MAR 5 2013
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 4 INCHES.
* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES...LESS THAN 1 MILE AT TIMES.
* TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30.
* IMPACTS...MAINLY TO TRAVEL.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLICK...SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND BE CAREFUL WHILE DRIVING.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
414 AM CST TUE MAR 5 2013
BUCHANAN-DELAWARE-DUBUQUE-BENTON-LINN-JONES-JACKSON-IOWA-JOHNSON-CEDAR-CLINTON-MUSCATINE-SCOTT-KEOKUK-WASHINGTON-LOUISA-JEFFERSON-HENRY IA-DES MOINES-VAN BUREN-LEE-JO DAVIESS-STEPHENSON-CARROLL-WHITESIDE-ROCK ISLAND-HENRY IL-BUREAU-PUTNAM-MERCER-HENDERSON-WARREN-HANCOCK-MCDONOUGH-SCOTLAND-CLARK-
414 AM CST TUE MAR 5 2013
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHWEST AND...WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...EAST CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND...SOUTHEAST IOWA...AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI.
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
A POTENT WINTER STORM IS MOVING THROUGH THE MIDWEST TODAY AND WILL PRODUCE BETWEEN 3 AND 9 INCHES OF SNOW IN EASTERN IOWA AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS BEFORE ENDING THIS EVENING. WINDS WILL INCREASE AROUND THE NOON HOUR AND START TO GENERATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY
THE PROBABILITY FOR WIDESPREAD HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS LOW.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER REPORTS OF SNOWFALL AMOUNTS...ESPECIALLY STORM TOTALS AND OBSERVATIONS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL BE APPRECIATED.
Iowa Department of Transportation
Continued Snowfall and Strong Winds Impact Travel in Iowa
AMES, Iowa – March 5, 2013; noon. – The second band of a two-day long winter storm continues to push through Iowa. The National Weather Service is maintianing a winter storm warning for Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Floyd, Chickasaw, Fayette and Clayton counties until 6 p.m. tonight.
Most roads in northern and eastern Iowa are currently listed on 511 as completely or mostly covered with snow and ice. Reduce speed for conditions and don’t use your cruise control.
Strong north/northwest winds are anticipated later this afternoon, which could cause visibility and drifting issues in areas that received or are still receiving snow from this storm.
In west central Iowa, especially along the Interstate 29 and 80 corridors, high winds are expected to cause difficult travel condtions for lightweight and high-profile vehicles. Forecast sustained winds of 25-35 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph, are expected to last through the afternoon hours.
If you plan to travel today, make sure a winter survival kit or emergency supplies are stowed in your vehicle with sufficient resources for all passengers. A mobile phone should also be carried for emergency use only. Don’t talk, take photos/video or text while driving.
AMES, Iowa – March 5, 2013: 7 a.m. – Presently, most roadways in the eastern half of Iowa are being reported as completely covered with snow and ice.
According to the National Weather Service, snow will continue over portions of northeast Iowa this morning and into the early afternoon hours. Winter Storm warnings are posted through this region. A cold front will pass through central Iowa this morning, bringing drier air in its wake and quickly diminishing the snow. Little additional accumulations are expected after the boundary passes.
For the latest Iowa road condition information 24/7, visit http://www.511ia.org or call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). By visiting this website you can also learn how to view road condition information on Twitter and Facebook; or receive reports via your mobile device.
Shifting Winds Cause Tricky Travel in Northeast Iowa Later Today
AMES, Iowa – March 5, 2013: 5 a.m. update – Iowa travel conditions are expected to deteriorate late this morning and into the afternoon in northeast Iowa.The National Weather Service shows snowfall totals are expected to reach 9 to 13 inches in a winter storm warning area in a line north and east of Mason City to Waterloo to Davenport. Strong north to northwest winds are also forecast to develop late Tuesday morning and through the afternoon hours, leading to blowing snow in the areas that receive the most snowfall.
The Iowa Department of Transportation’s road weather information system, WeatherView, is available to the public athttp://weatherview.iowadot.gov/; it offers valuable travel information like pavement temperatures, precipitation and wind speeds, as well as camera views.
For traveler information anytime, visit http://www.511ia.org/, call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).Be part of Iowa’s traffic information social media network. Help others by sharing your travel experience, photos and video once you have stopped in a safe location. Use the hashtag #iatraffic and mention @iowadot in your posts. Do not attempt to use mobile devices while driving.
Additional Snow and Strong Winds to Impact Travel Overnight into Tuesday
AMES, Iowa – March 4, 2013: 7 p.m. – Presently, most roadways in the state are reported as normal winter driving conditions. However, the second half of the winter storm is still forecast to arrive this evening and continue through midday Tuesday; or as late as 6 p.m. in the far northeast corner of Iowa. Continue to monitor local weather information for changing conditions.
The second part of this storm will bring moderate to heavy snowfall to northeast and east central Iowa, followed by increasing winds. The Iowa Department of Transportation is advising motorists to be prepared for blowing and drifting snow in these areas. Reduced visibility at times may be experienced. A north/northwest wind from 14 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph, is forecast for Tuesday.
This is the Iowa DOT’s final travel advisory for Monday. Public information activities, including issuance of news releases as warranted and social media monitoring, will resume prior to the Tuesday morning commute.
For the latest Iowa road condition information 24/7, visit http://www.511ia.org/ or call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). By visiting this website you can also learn how to view road condition information on Twitter and Facebook; or receive reports via your mobile device.
All traffic-related news releases and traffic incident reports are posted on Twitter @iowadot or @statewideia511.
Roadways in North/Northeast Iowa Partially Covered
by Ice and Snow
AMES, Iowa – March 4, 2013; 3:15 p.m. update – Roadways along the Iowa/Minnesota border, aswell as parts of north central and northeast Iowa, are being reported by the Iowa State Patrol as partially covered with ice and snow. A band of light snow and patchy freezing drizzle is passing over the region this afternoon.
The second part of this winter storm will arrive this evening and bring moderate to heavy snowfall to northeast and east central Iowa into early Tuesday. North to northwest winds will increase on Tuesday with some blowing and drifting expected. This round of snow is likely to impact the Tuesday morning commute with another 3, to perhaps as much as 8, inches of snow possible.
Multiple National Weather Service winter storm warnings have been issued for counties in Iowa, including one that expires at noon Tuesday for north central and east central; and the other in the far northeast corner of the state at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Before you travel, check out the latest road conditions by visiting http://www.511ia.org/ or calling 511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). Information about how to receive road condition information via your mobile device or on Facebook and Twitter can also be found on this website.
Don’t Crowd the Plow
AMES, Iowa – March 4, 2013: 5:30 p.m. update – During a major winter storm, as many as 900 Iowa Department of Transportation snowplow trucks may be on the roadways at any given time clearing the highways and applying salt, brine and sand where needed. This is in addition to your local city and county road crews.
In anticipation of continued snowfall this evening and during the overnight hours, the Iowa DOT wishes to remind the public that sharing the roadways with slow-moving snow removal equipment requires drivers to exercise extra precautions.
Stay alert to sudden maneuvers: Snowplow trucks occasionally must make sudden maneuvers to avoid stranded vehicles, posts or emergency operations. They may also be forced outside of their lane of travel when striking hard-packed snow. Stay in the driver’s line of sight and beyond the danger zone (beside or too close behind a truck).
Never pass a plow team: A plow team consists of several snowplow trucks (often involves a TowPlow and use of wing blades) that work together to clear major multilane highways. The team’s vehicles will cover all lanes of travel in a particular direction and move in a staggered formation. Their objective is to move the plowed snow sideways across multiple lanes and into the adjacent right of way by transferring the snow from truck to truck. Never attempt to pass a snowplow while traveling in this formation either by getting into the mix of vehicles or passing on the highway shoulder.
Stay back: Stay at least three car lengths back from snowplows and equipment. Operators may be applying salt, sand and brine behind their trucks and across adjacent lanes.
Remain alert for slow-moving vehicles: Snowplow trucks generally travelat significantly lower speeds than posted limits, around 35 mph. If you see a snowplow vehicle ahead with its flashing lights, begin to slowly adjust your speed according to the road conditions. Give yourself plenty of time and space, and drive defensively by remaining alert to the maneuvers of other nearby vehicles.
Stay in the line of sight: The plow driver’s field of vision is limited. If you can’t see the plow’s side mirror, the driver can’t see you.