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KCRG TV9 First Alert Forecast For Dubuque and the Tri-States

KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019    

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT THROUGH 9AM SATURDAY.                              

TODAY:   PARTLY CLOUDY.  HIGH 32.  EAST WIND 5-15 MPH. 

TONIGHT:  CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF FREEZING RAIN.  ICE ACCUMLATIONS UP TO

                    2 TENTHS OF AN INCH POSSIBLE.  LOW 29. 

TOMORROW:  CLOUDY WITH FREEZING RAIN EARLY, CHANGING TO ALL RAIN.  HIGH 37. 

EXTENDED OUTLOOK SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY : 

VERY WINDY WITH LIGHT SNOW POSSIBLE EARLY SUNDAY, CHANCES FOR SNOW MONDAY AND TUESDAY.  HIGH’S IN THE TEEN’S & 20’S.  LOW’S IN THE SINGLE DIGITS & TEEN’S.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE:  9.7-FEET & STEADY


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Beyond the Weather: Views for late February

Take advantage of any clearing we see in the next week to look beyond the weather. As late evening falls upon us, the moon will be shining off the eastern horizon. To the right of the moon, you will see the star Spica. This is the brightest start in the constellation Virgo. To the left of the moon look for the star Arcturus. Planets should also be a target for late February and early March. The evening planets include Mercury and Mars in the southwest sky. If you prefer morning viewing, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter are all in the southeast about 90 minutes before sunrise. Happy stargazing!

National Weather Service storm spotter training schedule

Each year, the local National Weather Service offices hold storm spotter training classes. They are free, open to the public, and run for about two hours. Training classes cover types of severe weather, what to look for and report, and how to safely observe and report severe weather. Reports from trained storm spotters are important to the National Weather Service and to us at KCRG-TV9. Knowing what kind of severe weather is or isn't happening helps let others in a storm's path know what to prepare for. Radar is a useful tool, but having ground truth from the people’s eyes is invaluable. These are the scheduled locations and dates for storm spotter training in our area: Delaware County Tuesday, Feb. 26 – 6:30 p.m. Manchester Fire Department - 400 E Main St, Manchester Benton County Thursday, Feb. 28 – 6:30 p.m. Location to be announced Linn County Saturday, March 2 – 1 p.m. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m. St. Mark's Lutheran Church - 8300 C Ave NE, Marion Louisa County Tuesday, March 12 – 6 p.m. Wapello Ambulance Base - 400 U.S. Highway 61, Wapello Clayton County Thursday, March 14 – 7 p.m Edgewood Fire Department - Edgewood Keokuk County Wednesday, March 20 – 6:30 p.m. Keokuk County Expo Fairgrounds (ISU Extension and Outreach) - 400 220th Ave, Sigourney Poweshiek County Thursday, March 21 – 7 p.m. Public Safety Building - 1042 Spring St, Grinnell Chickasaw County Tuesday, March 26 – 6:30 p.m. Rescue Squad - 260 E Prospect St, New Hampton Dubuque County Tuesday, March 26 – 6:30 p.m. Dubuque County Fire Fighters Association Regional Emergency Responder Training Facility - 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque Cedar County Tuesday, March 26 – 7 p.m. Lowden Fire Station - 303 Washington Ave, Lowden Johnson County Wednesday, March 27 – 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and seating is limited to the first 125 participants. Please register for your free ticket by clicking here. Kirkwood Regional Center - 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville Black Hawk County Wednesday, March 27 – 6:30 p.m. Hawkeye Community College - Tama Hall, 1501 E Orange Rd, Waterloo Marshall County Thursday, March 28 – 6 p.m. Iowa Valley Continuing Education - DeJardin Hall - 3702 S Center St, Marshalltown Jo Daviess County, Ill. Thursday, March 28 – 6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The Galena Territory Owners' Club - 2000 Territory Dr, Galena Winneshiek County Tuesday, April 9 – 6:30 p.m. Ossian Fire Station - W Brooks St, Ossian Grant County, Wis. Monday, April 22 – 6:30 p.m. Platteville Fire Department - 275 E Main St, Platteville Wapello County Tuesday, April 30 – 6:30 p.m. Liberty Elementary School - 50 Traxler Dr, Ottumwa

Preview of Thursday’s flood outlook factors

With the active, very snowy pattern the past five weeks, the question of “what is spring flooding looking like?” has come up more and more. The National Weather Service is set to release its first spring flood outlook of the season on Thursday, February 21. An updated outlook is scheduled for Thursday, March 7. There may be additional outlooks depending on conditions. While the amount of snow is often top-of-mind when it comes to spring flood potential, it’s just one of several things that forecasters look at. In addition to the location of the snowpack and how much water is within it, they also consider: - Fall precipitation and soil moisture going into winter - How deep frost is in the ground - Melting conditions - Upcoming precipitation trends (odds of it being wetter or drier than normal) - Streamflow (the amount of water already going through rivers) - River ice Soil moisture is running very high because of the wet weather in the fall that lasted into December. That means the soil can’t hold a lot more water. Currently, frost is about one to two feet deep. Streamflow is generally near or a bit above normal; since they’re not running too high, they can deal with some rises. Finally, there is about an inch or two of water in the snowpack right now, with two to four inches in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota where some of our rivers begin. Thursday’s outlook will detail what the odds of spring flooding are compared to historical averages on rivers throughout the area.

Snowfall reports from February 19-20, 2019

These are the snowfall reports received by the National Weather Service between 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. They are what fell through the entire event, including last night, through the time they were reported. Location - County and State - Amount Parkersburg - Butler IA - 7.0 Decorah - Winneshiek IA - 7.0 1 E Rockford - Floyd IA - 6.5 1 ENE Eldora - Hardin IA - 6.1 Riceville - Mitchell IA - 6.0 Paton - Greene IA - 6.0 North Washington - Chickasaw IA - 6.0 New Hampton - Chickasaw IA - 6.0 Lake Mills - Winnebago IA - 6.0 6 WNW Waukon - Allamakee IA - 6.0 2 SSE Bassett - Chickasaw IA - 6.0 1 SSE Charles City - Floyd IA - 5.6 Mason City - Cerro Gordo IA - 5.5 Alden - Hardin IA - 5.5 Cedar Falls - Black Hawk IA - 5.4 8 ENE Decorah - Winneshiek IA - 5.4 Rockwell City - Calhoun IA - 5.0 Dakota City - Humboldt IA - 5.0 Cresco - Howard IA - 5.0 6 NE Postville - Allamakee IA - 5.0 3 NE Mount Zion - Crawford WI - 5.0 3 ENE Randalia - Fayette IA - 5.0 2 ENE Fort Dodge - Webster IA - 5.0 1 SE Vinton - Benton IA - 5.0 1 S Guthrie Center - Guthrie IA - 5.0 1 NW Clear Lake - Cerro Gordo IA - 5.0 1 NNW Clear Lake - Cerro Gordo IA - 5.0 1 E Vinton - Benton IA - 5.0 Hiawatha - Linn IA - 4.8 4 NNW Ely - Linn IA - 4.8 Algona - Kossuth IA - 4.7 1 SW Boone - Boone IA - 4.6 Webster City - Hamilton IA - 4.5 Osage - Mitchell IA - 4.5 Muscoda - Grant WI - 4.5 Jefferson - Greene IA - 4.5 Atlantic - Cass IA - 4.5 2 NNE Ames - Story IA - 4.5 2 NE Denison - Crawford IA - 4.5 1 WNW Mount Zion - Crawford WI - 4.5 1 W Conrad - Grundy IA - 4.5 1 NE Saylorville - Polk IA - 4.5 Gays Mills - Crawford WI - 4.2 2 SSW Hiawatha - Linn IA - 4.2 2 NE Cresco - Howard IA - 4.2 Tripoli - Bremer IA - 4.1 Lancaster - Grant WI - 4.1 2 W Marion - Linn IA - 4.1 1 NNE Prairie du Chien - Crawford WI - 4.1 Gilman - Marshall IA - 4.0 Decorah - Winneshiek IA - 4.0 Burt - Kossuth IA - 4.0 5 N New Market - Taylor IA - 4.0 4 WNW Swea City - Kossuth IA - 4.0 3 SSE Steuben - Crawford WI - 4.0 2 SSE Nora Springs - Floyd IA - 4.0 2 NE Fort Dodge - Webster IA - 4.0 2 N Rathbun - Appanoose IA - 4.0 1 WNW Lamoni - Decatur IA - 4.0 1 SE Garwin - Tama IA - 4.0 1 NNE Mason City - Cerro Gordo IA - 4.0 1 ESE Iowa Falls - Hardin IA - 4.0 Elma - Howard IA - 3.9 2 NNE Cedar Rapids - Linn IA - 3.9 1 WSW Ames - Story IA - 3.9 West Ames - Story IA - 3.8 Strawberry Point - Clayton IA - 3.8 Manning - Carroll IA - 3.7 4 WSW Badger - Webster IA - 3.7 Minburn - Dallas IA - 3.5 Carroll - Carroll IA - 3.5 4 WSW Lancaster - Grant WI - 3.5 4 N Giard - Clayton IA - 3.5 3 S Tennyson - Grant WI - 3.5 3 S Boone - Boone IA - 3.5 3 ESE Adel - Dallas IA - 3.5 1 WSW Perry - Dallas IA - 3.5 1 W New Virginia - Warren IA - 3.5 1 SW Traer - Tama IA - 3.5 1 NW Center Grove - Dubuque IA - 3.5 Parnell - Iowa IA - 3.4 1 SSE Manchester - Delaware IA - 3.2 Ainsworth - Washington IA - 3.1 3 NNE Albia - Monroe IA - 3.1 West Chester - Washington IA - 3.0 Wayland - Henry IA - 3.0 3 NNE Ankeny - Polk IA - 3.0 3 N Toledo - Tama IA - 3.0 2 W Maquoketa - Jackson IA - 3.0 2 NNW Marshalltown - Marshall IA - 3.0 1 W Washington - Washington IA - 3.0 1 W Platteville - Grant WI - 3.0 1 NW Polk City - Polk IA - 3.0 1 NNW Platteville - Grant WI - 3.0 1 NNW Monticello Airport - Jones IA - 3.0 1 NNE Beaconsfield - Ringgold IA - 3.0 1 N Polk City - Polk IA - 3.0 Cuba City - Grant WI - 2.8 2 NW Centerville - Appanoose IA - 2.8 1 W Cou Falls - Johnson IA - 2.8 Cascade - Dubuque IA - 2.7 Pleasant Plain - Jefferson IA - 2.5 Lowden - Cedar IA - 2.5 2 NNW North Liberty - Johnson IA - 2.5 1 SW University Heights - Johnson IA - 2.3 1 ENE Mount Vernon - Linn IA - 2.3 1 E Urbandale - Polk IA - 2.3 Springville - Linn IA - 2.2 Murray - Clarke IA - 2.2 1 W Centerville - Appanoose IA - 2.2 1 N Riverdale - Scott IA - 2.2 Wyoming - Jones IA - 2.0 Williamsburg - Iowa IA - 2.0 Solon - Johnson IA - 2.0 Sigourney - Keokuk IA - 2.0 Galena - Jo Daviess IL - 2.0 2 WNW Agency - Wapello IA - 2.0 1 WNW Mount Pleasant - Henry IA - 2.0 1 SSE Audubon - Audubon IA - 2.0 1 S Iowa City - Johnson IA - 2.0 1 NW Knoxville - Marion IA - 2.0 1 NNE Fairfield - Jefferson IA - 2.0 1 E North English - Iowa IA - 2.0 Albia - Monroe IA - 1.8 2 NE Ottumwa - Wapello IA - 1.8 University Heights - Johnson IA - 1.6 Pella - Marion IA - 1.5 3 SSE Thayer - Union IA - 1.5 3 NNE Stockton - Jo Daviess IL - 1.5 3 N Stockton - Jo Daviess IL - 1.5 2 WSW Osceola - Clarke IA - 1.5 2 N Muscatine - Muscatine IA - 1.5 1 WSW Floris - Davis IA - 1.5 1 W Montezuma - Poweshiek IA - 1.5 1 W Bettendorf - Scott IA - 1.5 1 S Walcott - Scott IA - 1.4 Cantril - Van Buren IA - 1.3 1 W Washington Airport - Washington IA - 1.3 Keosauqua - Van Buren IA - 1.0 4 NNE Muscatine - Muscatine IA - 0.8 1 S Donnellson - Lee IA - 0.8 1 S Salem - Henry IA - 0.3

Snow moves in late Saturday night, continues Sunday

More snow is on the way this weekend. TIMING: We expect snow to start late Saturday night, primarily after 10pm. This snow will last the entire day Sunday and wrap up sometime Sunday evening for the most part. Lingering flurries may still fly into Monday morning. AMOUNTS: A widespread 3-5" of snow is expected by the time the system is through our area. It will take the entire day Sunday to get to this range as it'll be a prolonged lighter snowfall. IMPACTS: Roads will quickly become snow-covered and slick. Blowing and drifting snow doesn't appear as much of a concern due to wind staying at or below 15mph in many areas. The snow will be a powdery consistency, leading to easier snow removal than the last event which was heavier with sleet and freezing rain also weighing it down. Temperatures will remain in the 20s for the duration of the event.