Thursday, May 2, 2013
How much snow Ames could see by Friday morning.
Ames and Story County are included in a National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory that is in effect until 6 p.m. The National Weather Service predicts that as much as five inches of snow could fall through the day and another four inches tonight. Snowfall is expected to continue through Friday, eventually turning to rain. The sun should return on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Find the full National Weather Service forecast below: Today: Snow. Steady temperature around 33. Windy, with a north wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. Tonight: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 9pm. Low around 32. Breezy…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Spring is here (hopefully) and with that comes severe weather. Are your prepared?
People might have ignored Wednesday's tornado warning siren, but it's nothing to dismiss. Tornadoes had killed 55 people this time last year in the United States. Most Iowans know that a tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air in contact with the ground. But recognizing one isn't so easy. A visible cloud is not always seen. Some tornadoes may not appear to extend to the ground but still cause considerable damage, and others may be obscured by rain. Tornadoes can take on various shapes and sizes, and most produce winds less than 120 mph, but a few are capable of producing winds more than 200 mph. Predicting what a tornado is going to do is difficult as some tornadoes are very small and last for only a minute or so, while others can be a…
Friday, March 8, 2013
Storms and temperatures above 32 degrees will bring Ames as much as an inch of rain through Sunday.
Rainy days and nights are expected throughout the weekend before a warm up next week, according to the latest and always changing forecast. Rain could start after 1 a.m. Saturday and last through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, so have an umbrella near by. All the rain from the stormy weather is only supposed to amount to an inch of precipitation. And well there could be some snow Sunday night too. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service follows below: Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Southeast wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Friday Night: A slight chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Low around 32. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Drizzle and freezing rain is expected much of the day and could turn to snow this afternoon and again this late evening, the National Weather Service predicts.
UPDATED 2:19 p.m. March 5 A winter rain snow storm dubbed "Winter Storm Saturn" by the Weather Channel, hovered above barely dropping a spat of rain or snow Monday. But there's a chance Ames residents could wake up to more snow Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Story County and much of the rest of Iowa. The warning lasts into Tuesday. An updated National Weather Service Forecast follows below: Tuesday Night A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 29. Windy, with a north northwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight Scattered snow showers before 7pm, then a chance for flurries before ending. …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Winter Storm Rocky took the area by surprise bringing Ames several more inches of snow than expected Tuesday.
Winter Storm Rocky tracked farther northwest than many weather experts expected bringing Ames much more than the .9 inches anticipated Tuesday morning. An official National Weather Service cooperative site five miles southeast of Ames reported a total of 8.7 inches of snowfall. And National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Skow said about 6 to 8 inches of snow was reported across Ames. Skow said the National Weather Service and other forecasters expected the heaviest amounts of snow to fall over southeast Iowa in areas like Lamoni, Centerville and Bloomfield instead of heading Northwest to Des Moines and Ames. “Now and then one takes us by surprise and this one did,” Skow said. The storm might drop another inch or less of snow by this …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The National Weather Service now predicts Ames could receive a little more snow than initially thought.
UPDATED 1:57 p.m. A slushy snow has covered Ames streets, canceling afternoon classes at area schools and the city remains under a Winter Storm Warning until noon Wednesday. Winter Storm Rocky could bring as much as seven inches of snow to the area by morning, according to the National Weather Service. Before noon Tuesday, Ames roads were covered in a mix of snow and slush and were impassable at some points. See closings and snow ordinance information. The winter storm warning remains in effect until noon Wednesday. An updated forecast continues below: Ames Newsletter/Ames Patch Facebook page/Twitter: @AmesPatch
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Winter Storm Q brought at least 3 inches of snow to the area. Many events and classes were canceled Thursday in anticipation of the storm and on Friday area schools were on a two hour delay
UPDATED 9:14 a.m. Feb. 22 Residents woke up to at least three inches of snow Friday, after Winter Storm Q passed through the area. A light snowfall began just before 5 p.m. Thursday in Ames. The snow became heavier overnight and was expected to stop before noon. Ames schools chose to delay classes Friday. The district has had three snow days so far --- Dec. 20, Dec. 21 and Jan. 30 --- pushing the last day of school to June 4. The last day of classes were originally scheduled for May 30. Kathy Hanson, Director School Community and Media Relations, said the district didn't want to add any more days to the year. The district announced an early dismissal at 10 a.m. Thursday and a delay Friday morning. Remember the City of Ames places its snow …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Bitter cold and possible snow are in Ames forecast.
Perhaps Punxsutawney Phil was wrong, when he predicted that winter would be over soon. It's below zero with the windchill in Ames and the area could see snow before the end of the week, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service. Wednesday temperatures could dip below zero to negative 15 with a windchill and snow is expected to start by 10 a.m. Thursday. The cold air is due to northwest winds ushering arctic air. And the winter storm will come from the southwest were a low pressure system is developing, according to the National Weather Service. The system could bring widespread snowfall --- as much as 4 to 8 inches --- by Thursday and strong winds with significant impacts the forecast says. Snow and blowing snow …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Snow stopped falling and freezing temperatures are on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Here's the latest road conditions from the Iowa DOT.
Now that the snowfall is over, dangerous windchills are settling in. Winter Storm Magnus brought as much as five inches of snow to the Ames area and powdery blowing snow canceled Ames area schools and events. The National Weather Service predicts that dangerous windchills will last into Friday. Thursday's low is predicted to drop to 8 degrees below zero overnight with windchills as low as -25. But Saturday temperatures were predicted to climb into the low 30s. Major roads are covered with a mix of ice and snow around the Ames and Des Moines area, according to information from the Iowa DOT. However all roads remain open, despite accidents in other parts of the state. See More on Patch Airport Delays Winter Pet Care Sign up for the Ames …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a storm warning for the Ames area.
The National Weather Service has continued its dense fog advisory through this evening and said afternoon rain will turn to heavy snow overnight dropping as much as six inches on Iowa towns. The heavy snow and strong winds will cause hazardous conditions limiting visibility and the relatively warm temperatures will cause the snow to melt and freeze on roadways, according to the National Weather Services winter storm watch for the area. The winter storm watch will begin this evening and will last through Wednesday morning. As much as six inches of snow is possible, but the areas hardest hit were not predictable according to the warning. The rest of the Ames forecast continues below: Today: A 40 percent chance of rain after 3pm. Cloudy, with…