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KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

TODAY: DECREASING CLOUDINESS THIS MORNING, PARTLY CLOUDY THIS AFTERNOON.
HIGH 38. NORTHWEST WIND 5-15 MPH.

TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW 25.

TOMORROW: CLOUDY WITH RAIN AND SNOW MIXED IN THE MORNING, RAIN SHOWERS IN
THE AFTERNOON. HIGH 40.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY:

DRY. HIGH‘S IN THE 40’S & 50’S. LOW’S IN THE 20’S.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 10.1-FEET AND FALLING

KCRG Weather Blog

How to measure ice accumulation

When reporting snowfall amounts, we always encourage people to measure it rather than eyeball it. Sometimes an inch of snow looks like much more than an inch until you get out there and put a ruler in it. But what about ice? The National Weather Service office in Norman, Oklahoma put together this handy graphic with the method for measuring ice off a tree branch. This is relevant to us, too, as we’ve had a few freezing rain events over parts of Iowa this past week.

Mixed precipitation, but mainly rain, to start the weekend

Moisture coming in from the south will lead to some damp weather on Saturday. As that creeps into areas mainly south of Highway 30 during the morning, temperatures will be near or below freezing. Some scattered, light freezing rain or sleet will be possible in those places, leading to the potential for a glaze of ice. Impacts should be low but patchy slick spots, especially in the usual trouble spots such as sidewalks and less-traveled roads, may develop. Temperatures warm above freezing in the afternoon as precipitation gradually becomes more widespread. Much of what falls area-wide during the afternoon and evening will be just rain. Rainfall amounts generally around a quarter-inch or less are likely. Temperatures will begin to drop as the moisture pulls away. Most of us will have only a brief period of snow, if at all. Our northwestern towns – mainly northwest of Waterloo to Oelwein to Prairie du Chien – have the best chance of minor snow accumulation. Most will have a coating up to an inch, although it’s possible Charles City toward Decorah may get closer to a couple of inches if the colder air can arrive soon enough.

Beyond the Weather: February’s last views

The second month of the year is winding down. Next Thursday is March 1, which means we have only six days to enjoy some February views that are beyond the weather. Friday features a change in moon phase as the first quarter begins. Officially, this phase occurs at 2:09 a.m. During the first quarter phase, the moon appears to be lighted halfway across its surface. It’ll be at its highest point in the sky at sunset. The winter circle of stars can be found in the southern sky in evening hours during the late part of February. The winter circle contains the stars Castor, Capella, Aldebaran, Rigel, Sirius, Procyon and Pollux. On Sunday and Monday, use the waxing gibbous moon to locate the constellation Gemini. This moon will be in the constellation in the southeastern evening sky. 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 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. Mahaska County Monday, February 26 – 6 p.m. ISU Extension Office, 212 N. I St., Oskaloosa Jefferson County Monday, February 26 – 6:30 p.m. Elk's Lodge, West Side Square, Fairfield Jones County Tuesday, February 27 – 6:30 p.m. Lawrence Community Center, 600 E. Main St., Anamosa Muscatine County Thursday, March 1 – 6 p.m. Muscatine Environmental Learning Center, 3300 Cedar St., Muscatine Poweshiek County Thursday, March 1 – 6 p.m. Grinnell Public Safety Building, 1020 Spring St., Grinnell Buchanan County Tuesday, March 6 – 6 p.m. MHI, 2277 Iowa Ave., Independence Tama County Tuesday, March 6 – 6 p.m. Reining Center, 1007 South Prospect Dr., Toledo Floyd County Tuesday, March 6 – 6:30 p.m. Zoetis, 2000 Rockford Rd., Charles City Clayton County Thursday, March 8 – 6:30 p.m. Fire Station, 300 Lafayette St., Volga Butler/Bremer County Monday, March 12 – 6 p.m. Greene Emergency Services Building, 202 W. South St., Greene Washington County Tuesday, March 13 – 6:30 p.m. Washington Public Library, 115 West Washington St., Washington Iowa County Wednesday, March 14 – 6 p.m. Williamsburg Recreation Center, 939 South Highland St., Williamsburg Linn County Saturday, March 17 – 1 p.m. St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave. NE, Marion Franklin County Monday, March 19 – 6 p.m. Franklin County Law Enforcement Center, 105 5th St. SW, Hampton Allamakee County Tuesday, March 20 – 6:30 p.m. Fire Station, 565 11th Ave. SW, Waukon Henry County Tuesday, March 20 – 6:30 p.m. New London High School - 106 W. Wilson St., New London Johnson County Wednesday, March 21 – 6:30 p.m. Kirkwood Regional Center, 2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville * Please pre-register here if you're attending this spotter training. Black Hawk County Monday, March 26 – 6:30 p.m. Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall, 1501 E. Orange Rd., Waterloo Fayette County Monday, March 26 – 7:00 p.m. Fire Station, 5 E. State St., Fayette Dubuque County Tuesday, March 27 – 6:30 p.m. Dubuque County Fire Fighters Association Regional Emergency Responder Training Facility, 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque Howard County Tuesday, March 27 – TBD Location TBD Jackson County Wednesday, March 28 – 6:30 p.m. Preston Fire Department, 14 N Mitchell St., Preston Marshall County Wednesday, March 28 – 6:30 p.m. Iowa Valley Continuing Education, DeJardin Hall, 3700 S. Center St., Marshalltown Wapello County Thursday, March 29 – 6 p.m. Ottumwa High School, 501 E. Second St., Ottumwa Grant County, WI Monday, April 2 – 6:30 p.m. Lancaster High School, 806 E. Elm St., Lancaster

Areas of rain, freezing rain overnight

Temperatures have warmed a little more than expected, which is good news for how much freezing rain should happen. As we’ve said many times, temperatures will be important in determining who gets what. Places with a temperature of 32 and below will have freezing rain, while above 32 degrees will have rain. Where freezing rain happens, accumulations of a glaze up to a tenth of an inch are possible. Sidewalks and less-traveled roads and streets will be slick. Fortunately, pavement and bridge temperatures on the main highways are warm enough that those shouldn’t be affected as much. Where precipitation is mainly rain, amounts of up a quarter-inch are possible. Rain and freezing rain will be over before the morning commute on Friday. Some lingering travel slow-downs are still possible where freezing rain happened during the night.