Fairfield Community School District
Feb 21, 9:50 a.m. — Fairfield Community School District is dismissing students at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21. No after school practices or evening activities will be held.
Feb. 20, 2:06 p.m. — In light of the forecast for severe weather, and anticipating the possible need to change the regular school schedule, parents should be prepared for a 1 p.m. dismissal of students Thursday, Feb. 21.
A final decision for this possible dismissal will be made by 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and if there is a need for the 1 p.m. dismissal, there will be notification via Campus messenger, the school district website and media outlets.
This possibility is being shared as a courtesy to parents to assist with planning.
The Cardinal Community School District will have a 12:50 p.m. dismissal today, Thursday, Feb. 21.
Due to the predicted low temperatures for Thursday morning, the Fairfield High School FFA is postponing its National FFA Week tractor day until March 6.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has postponed its soup supper from Thursday to 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 because of weather. Soups, Kenny’s Cornbread and pies will be served for a freewill offering. The offering will benefit Kids Against Hunger. The public is invited.
First United Methodist Church in Fairfield has canceled its tenderloin meal planned Friday evening. No new date has been set.
National Weather Service
Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL 1011 AM CST THU FEB 21 2013 ...WINTER STORM TO ARRIVE BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT... .LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK OUT OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ACROSS MISSOURI INTO ILLINOIS TODAY AND TONIGHT. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP IN SOUTHEAST IOWA...NORTHEAST MISSOURI AND WESTERN ILLINOIS FROM MID AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING. THE SNOW WILL BECOME LIGHT LATE TONIGHT...WITH LIGHT SNOW LINGERING THROUGH FRIDAY. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER MOST OF THE AREA. EAST WINDS SHOULD INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND GUST TO AROUND 30 MPH. THIS WILL PRODUCE SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF THE SNOW. THE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE LATER TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. IAZ076>078-087>089-098-099-ILZ025-034-MOZ009-010-220015- /O.CON.KDVN.WS.W.0002.130221T2100Z-130222T2100Z/ KEOKUK-WASHINGTON-LOUISA-JEFFERSON-HENRY IA-DES MOINES-VAN BUREN- LEE-HENDERSON-HANCOCK-SCOTLAND-CLARK- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SIGOURNEY...WASHINGTON...WAPELLO... FAIRFIELD...MOUNT PLEASANT...BURLINGTON...KEOSAUQUA.... FORT MADISON...OQUAWKA...CARTHAGE...MEMPHIS...KAHOKA 1011 AM CST THU FEB 21 2013 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 3 PM CST FRIDAY... * TIMING...SNOW WILL SPREAD NORTH ACROSS NORTHEAST MISSOURI... SOUTHEAST IOWA AND WESTERN ILLINOIS FROM MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL RATES WILL BE BETWEEN 6 PM AND 10 PM. SNOW WILL BECOME LIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...TOTALS OF 6 TO 7 INCHES. ISOLATED 8 INCHES. * WINDS...EAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH PRODUCING SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW THIS EVENING. WINDS WILL DIMINISH OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY. * VISIBILITIES...LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES THIS EVENING. * TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S. * IMPACTS...CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE RAPIDLY ONCE THE SNOW BEGINS. TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS DUE TO POOR VISIBILITY AND ROADS BECOMING QUICKLY SNOW COVERED AND ICY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS 6 TO 7 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW IS EXPECTED. 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 511 AM CST THU FEB 21 2013 IAZ040>042-051>054-063>068-076>078-087>089-098-099-ILZ001-002-007- 009-015>018-024>026-034-035-MOZ009-010-221115- 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- 511 AM CST THU FEB 21 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 A WINTER STORM WILL SPREAD MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW OVER THE OUTLOOK AREA FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST FROM MID AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING. DURING THIS PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW...EAST WINDS GUSTING TO 30 MPH WILL PRODUCE SOME BLOWING SNOW...WHICH COMBINED WITH THE INTENSITY OF THE SNOW WILL RESULT IN SOME VERY LOW VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE MILE. SOME DRIFTING SNOW IS ALSO POSSIBLE. OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST OVERNIGHT. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS THROUGH TONIGHT ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE GENERAL RANGE OF 4 TO 6 INCHES. A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR WESTERN SECTIONS AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE EASTERN AREAS HAS BEEN ISSUED. PLEASE SEE THESE PRODUCTS FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE DURING THE DAY FRIDAY...WITH ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 INCH UP TO 1.5 INCHES POSSIBLE GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 80 THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. LESS THAN AN INCH OF NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED TO THE SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80. THE SNOW WILL THEN WIND DOWN TO FLURRIES BY FRIDAY EVENING. ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE MIDWEST AND POSSIBLY BRING MORE SNOW OR RAIN TO THE OUTLOOK AREA EARLY NEXT WEEK. AT LEAST LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE IN OR NEAR THE OUTLOOK AREA WITH LATEST INDICATIONS SUGGESTING A TIME FRAME OF MONDAY INTO TUESDAY. THE EXACT TRACK OF THIS NEXT STORM SYSTEM IS STILL VERY MUCH UNCERTAIN...SO STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER UPDATES AND FORECASTS. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF AN INCH OR MORE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE QUAD CITIES.
Iowa Department of Transportation
Rapidly Changing Weather Makes Communication Vital for Safe Travel
AMES, Iowa – Feb. 21, 2013;1 p.m. update – The National Weather Service is reporting that snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour can be expected during the late afternoon and evening hours in southern and central Iowa, with much of the expected snowfall to occur in six hours or less.
Strong east winds at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts to around 30 mph are also expected. The winds will combine with the heavy snowfall to create widespread visibility of less than one quarter of a mile by later this afternoon into the evening. Dangerous travel conditions are expected this afternoon through much of tonight. The storms will likely have a significant impact on rush hour traffic.
The Iowa Department of Transportation offers traveler information anytime by visiting www.511ia.org, or calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).
If you would like 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.
The Iowa DOT will be monitoring social media conversation during this event and using the public’s observations to help direct resources to problem areas. Being part of the traffic information social media network, as either a follower or contributor, enhances everyone’s safety.
AMES, Iowa – Jan. 21, 2013; 8:30 a.m. update – The Iowa Department of Transportation is gearing up for the winter storm that is on its way to Iowa today. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for the majority of the state beginning noon in southern Iowa, 3 p.m. in central, southeast and eastern Iowa, and 6 p.m. in northern and northeast Iowa, all continuing into Friday. Northwest Iowa will be relatively unaffected by this bout of winter weather.
Iowa DOT road crews will be working around-the-clock, as necessary.
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.
Iowa DOT Issues Travel Advisory for Impending Storm #iatraffic
AMES, Iowa – Feb. 20, 2013; 2:30 p.m. – A severe winter storm is forecast for most of Iowa begining Thursday morning and continuing into Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for southwest Iowa calling for widespread, significant snow. Storm accumluations will range from 6 to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts possible. Much of the rest of the state is currently under a winter storm watch in anticipation of the movement of the storm across Iowa Thursday.
Statewide, heavy snow during the late morning and afternoon will lead to treacherous travel conditions for Thursday’s afternoon rush hour. Although blowing snow will diminish Thursday evening, high snow totals and gusty east winds could make travel very difficult.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is advising travelers to take necessary preparations for this event, including making sure a winter survival kit or emergency supplies are stowed in their vehicles with sufficient resources for all passengers. A mobile phone should also be carried in your vehicle for emergency use only. Don’t talk, take photos/video or text while driving.
Potential travel hazards with this event include:
- Heavy snow, starting southwest Iowa mid-morning and spreading statewide by evening.
- Increasing wind speeds Thursday, which may reduce visibiliy to less than one-quarter mile in a very short period of time.