Ice Storm Warning Gives Way To Winter Storm Warning

Date posted - April 10, 2013

Mid American Trucks Lined Up at HIE in Sheldon after Ice Storm

Over 20 Mid-American Energy Trucks Lined Up at Holiday Inn Express in Sheldon after Tuesday Night’s Ice Storm

Sheldon, IA — Pretty much every form of precipitation known to man is in store for us before Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.

Parts of the KIWA listening area were still without power at last report, due to the ice storm that passed through the area Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.  and now, to add insult to injury, the Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning to run until 1:00 pm Thursday.  The Weather Service says that a combination of freezing drizzle, light freezing rain, sleet and snow will fall across the area.  Once the precipitation changes to all snow, the strong winds that they have forecast will make travel difficult, if not impossible.

Several area school canceled classes Wednesday, with even more starting 2 hours late.  Several area churches and businesses have canceled or postponed activites for Wednesday and Wednesday evening, as well.  For a complete list of postponements and cancellations, visit our closures/delays page here at kiwaradio.com.  And, as always, keep tuned to AM-1550 and FM-105.3 for the latest weather information, as well as postponements and cancellations.

Here is the Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls:

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT
THURSDAY...

* TIMING...OCCASIONAL FREEZING DRIZZLE AND LIGHT FREEZING RAIN MAY
  MIX WITH SLEET AT TIMES THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. PRECIPITATION IS
  EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME ENTIRELY SNOW
  LATE THIS EVENING THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS THURSDAY.
  SNOW MAY BECOME MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES AND CONTINUE INTO
  THURSDAY.

* ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO TWO TENTHS
  OF AN INCH WILL BE POSSIBLE. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED
  TO AVERAGE 4 TO 6 INCHES. THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY WET SNOW AND
  ADDITIONAL ICING WILL CREATE SEVERE STRESS ON TREES AND POWER
  LINES. ADDITIONAL POWER OUTAGES AND DOWNED TREE BRANCHES AND POWER
  LINES IS LIKELY.

* WIND AND VISIBILITY...NORTH WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WILL PERSIST
  THROUGH THURSDAY. ONCE PRECIPITATION CHANGES TO ALL SNOW...
  THESE WINDS COULD PRODUCE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW...REDUCING
  VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE.  THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
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