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Situation Update

As of Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:40 PM CDT

Director statement regarding reporting for duty:

ICVAHCS Winter Storm Situation Report

Event: Winter Storm Warning

Affected ICVAHCS Locations: Decorah

Event Start Time: 0100 Tuesday 3 Apr 2018

Anticipated Event End Time: 0400 Wednesday 4 Apr 2018

Situation: National Weather Service (NWS) has issues a winter storm warning for Southeast Minnesota, Northern Iowa, and West Central Wisconsin from 0100 Tuesday 3 April through Tuesday night. The NWS predicts significant snow and freezing drizzle with 4-6 inches accumulation. Winds gusting to 35 mph. will cause additional patchy drifting.  See below NWS warning message for additional details.

Recommendations:

  • Iowa City VA Healthcare System staff should review current road conditions (511ia.org) prior to getting on the road, and leave early to allow for additional time to get to your destination.

During a VA-declared emergency:

VA Employees should return to this page for updates. For more information about this emergency, go to our main Emergency Information page.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

National Weather Service La Crosse WI

315 AM CDT Mon Apr 2 2018

 

...Hazardous Travel Possible Late Tonight Through Tuesday...

 

.A complex storm system will impact the region late tonight

through Tuesday. Significant snow accumulations are possible,

ranging from 6 to 10 inches across southeast Minnesota into

west central and central Wisconsin and 4 to 6 inches across

portions of northeast Iowa. Some light freezing rain is also

possible for areas south of Interstate 90, which may result in a

light glaze of ice. North winds are expected to increase Tuesday

with gusts up to 30 mph west of the Mississippi River. These

winds may cause some patchy blowing and drifting snow. Travel

impacts are likely late tonight through Tuesday, including during

the Tuesday morning and evening commutes.

 

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/O.EXB.KARX.WS.A.0007.180403T0600Z-180404T0600Z/

Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Floyd-Chickasaw-

Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Charles City,

and New Hampton

315 AM CDT Mon Apr 2 2018

 

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE

TUESDAY NIGHT...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow and light freezing rain possible. Total snow

  accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 8

  inches, and ice accumulations of a light glaze are possible.

 

* WHERE...Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Floyd and Chickasaw

  Counties.

 

* WHEN...From late tonight through late Tuesday night.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions,

  including during the morning and evening commutes on Tuesday.

  Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant

snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue

to monitor the latest forecasts.