Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

December 19, 2012

Blizzard warning issued in advance of storm

DES MOINES — The first winter storm of the season for southeast Iowawill likely pack a bigger punch than first expected.

The National Weather service has put Wapello, Davis, Appanoose, Monroe, Mahaska and Marion counties, along with much of central Iowa, all under a blizzard warning. The storm is expected to bring 9 inches or more of snow beginning tonight to much of the area.

Current forecasts show Wapello County right on the line between major snow accumulations and much, much lower amounts. The NWS map of forecast snowfall amounts shows as much as 10.6 inches expected in northern Wapello County, but that drops to around 5 inches in the county's southern part.

The heaviest band of snow is expected to run in a line from roughly Sigourney to Dubuque. Totals in that area are expected to easily top 10 inches, with Dubuque potentially reaching 15 inches or more of snow.

In Ottumwa, 3-7 inches is expected to fall overnight, with an additional 2-4 inches tomorrow.

Centerville is expected to see 2-4 inches of snow overnight, with another 1-3 inches of snow tomorrow.

Oskaloosa's forecast calls for 6-10 inches of snow overnight and another 1-3 inches of snow Thursday.

The hardest-hit cities in the area will likely be Pella and Knoxville. Both are forecast to receive 7-11 inches of snow overnight. Pella's Thursday forecast includes another 1-3 inches of snow, while Knoxville is expected to see an additional 1-2 inches.

Strong winds are expected to follow the storm, with wind chills Thursday night dropping as low as -10 in southeast Iowa. At that point, frostbite can occur in under a half-hour of exposure.

The situation remains fluid and minor shifts in the storm could have major effects on accumulations. You can follow the progress of the storm with the National Weather Service's winter weather monitor.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Fawn.jpg Marion County photo contest winners

    Winners of the 2014 Marion County Photo Contest were announced at the Marion County Fair. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seusical for web.jpg Seusical opens Friday

    Seussical the Musical will be performed live on stage at the Pella Community Center over the next two weeks. The show will feature some familiar Knoxville faces, including lead character "Cat in the Hat" performed by Knoxville High School student Colby Jones and "Horton the Elephant" played by 3M employee Todd Weber. Other Knoxville actors include Greg May as the General and Liz DeMoss as a Who.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • MINE logo.jpg Drug bust in Pershing

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Pershing last night, leading to one arrest. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MINE logo.jpg Two arrested on drug charges

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Knoxville last night. A man and a woman were arrested. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • new street sign.jpg New sign installed

    A Knoxville crew installed the first of the new downtown street signs Tuesday afternoon. 

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Work on Robinson Monday morning

    Knoxville Public Works Supervisor Dennis Webb says that traffic may be congested on West Robinson this morning, between Casey's and Kent Street, for some manhole repairs. Be prepared for backed up traffic and single lanes this morning while the project is going on.

    July 21, 2014

  • Addie.jpg Team Addie benefit Aug 2

    Addie Brenden, age 3, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. A benefit for her family is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at the North End Lounge in Pleasantville. 

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision

    The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nearwood Winery sign.jpg Nearwood Winery earns a bronze

    Nearwood Winery received a Bronze medal in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knoxville Dental Center.jpg Knoxville Dental Center gets a new look

    A crew was in Knoxville Thursday, July 17, to install a new sign above the doors of the Knoxville Dental Center. 

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo