Natester

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  1. GFS has been showing a major ice storm for eastern Iowa for next Wednesday since the 18z run yesterday. Rates don't appear to be heavy but with the duration (over 24 hours) the ice accretion would easily exceed an inch.
  2. Depending on the storm track, I could very well look at 6+ hours of icing although temps will rise during the time. Likely will get at least .20 of ice from this, if not a quarter of an inch.
  3. Looks like Centerville got it rough. PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA 846 PM CST FRI JAN 10 2020 .TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON .DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE. ..REMARKS.. 0845 PM ICE STORM 1 NNW CENTERVILLE 40.74N 92.88W 01/10/2020 APPANOOSE IA LAW ENFORCEMENT ICE HAS COATED SEVERAL ROADS THIS EVENING ACROSS THE COUNTY. SEVERAL TREES HAVE SNAPPED AS A RESULT OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS. SOME TREES HAVE FELL ON POWER LINES CAUSING SPARKS. WHILE NOT WIDESPREAD, THERE ARE SEVERAL POWER OUTAGES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY, A LOT TO DO WITH THE FALLING TREES. A FEW SLIDES OFF HAVE BEEN REPORTED, BUT TRAFFIC RELATED INJURIES THUS FAR.
  4. High rates is what slowed ice accretion here. Just a bit of a glazing on everything with icicles hanging down. Lucked out here. Had we got over a tenth of an inch of ice, then it would have been a different story (potential power outages due to the wind).
  5. Freezing rain has changed to heavy sleet. Changeover to snow imminent.
  6. Still freezing raining here. Not quite a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation, though. Should change over to snow in a couple hours.
  7. KGAN forecasting a significant ice storm in the southern counties. As for here, forecast now calls for a tenth of an inch of ice.
  8. Very little ice accretion on trees and powerlines. Freezing rain might linger for a couple more hours although it's predominantly sleet right now.
  9. It'll be really hard to acreet on trees/power lines since the temps are very marginal (31F to 32F, plus I see water dripping on the powerlines), despite the somewhat low dewpoint (in the mid to upper 20s). Best accretion would be later when temps crash although the window of accretion will be very narrow as when the temps crash, it'll turn to all sleet.
  10. Mix of sleet and freezing rain right now. Was expecting pure freezing rain, not sleet and freezing rain. Not cold enough for the power lines to ice up as the temps are very marginal. Might change later as temps crash this evening unless we go to pure sleet. I was thinking that the power lines would ice up for sure since the dewpoint is in the mid 20s. I was wrong.
  11. Band of freezing rain steadily making it's way NE in central Iowa. Going to clip Cedar Rapids in about an hour or hour and a half. Temp is at 30F.
  12. 3k NAM gives Cedar Rapids a siggy ice storm. 12k NAM doesn't show that.
  13. Oh, well, the models disagree (except the HRRR) when it comes to Erie, Illinois getting sleet from the first wave.
  14. You lucked out. Last time we lost power in an ice storm was back on February 24, 2007 (got a little over a half an inch of ice). Was in the dark for 26 hours. The ice threat here should be very short lived (1-2 hours) before changeover to sleet/snow.