Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter Storm (Dec. 18) Update #4

The winter storm has arrived! Widespread reports across the southern half of the state of sleet and freezing rain, with some accumulation and icing already occurring. Some areas of southeast Nebraska have already reported a half inch of sleet, and other reports of an eighth of an inch of ice accumulation. These heavier reports have been co-located with reports of thunder and lightning that were quite frequent. These heavier amounts have just moved into southwest Iowa as well, with the latest report coming in from Council Bluffs, IA with nearly a half inch of ice accumulation; power lines are already sagging there.

You can view the latest radar from the Iowa Chaser homepage, as you see the precip overspread the entire state!

Watch your local news and check your local National Weather Service homepages for the latest updates and accumulation statements. Undoubtedly a very dangerous winter storm, be sure to also watch the road conditions across Iowa via where you can also watch the conditions rapidly deteriorate.