MIDWEST WEATHER SERVICE -- STORM CENTER

STEVENS POINT/WHITING, WI


WINTER CYCLONE INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY





BULLETIN - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WINTER STORM BETH INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER  003A         CR002
MWS STORM CENTER STEVENS POINT/WHITING WI
500 PM CST TUE FEB 02 2016

...BETH STARTING TO WEAKEN AS DRY SLOTTING CONTINUES...

SUMMARY OF THE LATEST 2200 UTC...500 PM CST INFORMATION:

PRESENT POSITION...94.8N 40.0W.
ABOUT...15 MILES NORTH OF ST. JOESPH MISSOURI.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...26 KTS...OR 30 MPH.
MOVEMENT OF STORM...06715...OR EAST NORTHEAST AT 17 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...OR 29.47 IN.

LATEST WATCHES...WARNINGS...AND/OR ADVISORIES:

CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

NONE.

SUMMARY OF ALL WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

** A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN MN INTO MUCH OF NORTHWEST
IA THROUGH LATE TUESDAY EVENING.
* A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SOUTHWEST INTO NORTHEAST IA...
EASTCENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MN...MUCH OF WI...AND CENTRAL AND EASTERN UPPER MI
THROUGH NOON WEDNESDAY.
* WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES SURROUND THE ABOVE WARNINGS INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY
MORNING.

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS A SEVERE WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE SPECIFIED LOCATIONS
WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WHICH MAYBE LIFE THREATENING. TRAVEL IS NOT ADVISED.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS A MAJOR WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE SPECIFIED
LOCATIONS WITH DANGEROUS WEATHER ELEMENTS. HEAVY SNOW COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS
WILL CAUSE VERY DIFFICULT...IF NOT IMPOSSIBE...TRAVELING CONDITIONS. TRAVEL IS
NOT RECOMMENDED BUT IF YOU MUST DO SO...USE EXTREME CAUTION.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS LESS SERIOUS WINTER WEATHER IS EXPECTED ACROSS
THESE AREAS. TRAVEL SHOULD NOT BE IMPACTED TOO MUCH AS LONG AS SAFE DRIVING
SKILLS ARE USED.

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION MORE SPECIFIC TO YOUR LOCATION...REFER TO THE LATEST WSW
BULLETINS ISSUED FROM YOUR LOCAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

FORECAST HAZARDS:

* SNOW.
* POSSIBLE FREEZING RAIN OR DRIZZLE...WITH MINOR ICE ACCUMULATIONS.
* STRONG WINDS OF 15-30+ MPH...AND HIGHER GUSTS.
* POSSIBLE NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IN OPEN RURAL LOCATIONS.

WINTER STORM FORECAST DISCUSSION:

AT 500 PM CST...2200 UTC...THE POORLY DEFINED CENTER OF WINTER STORM BETH WAS
LOCATED NEAR LADITUDE 94.8 NORTH AND LONGITUDE 40.0 WEST...OR ABOUT 15 MILES
NORTH OF ST. JOSEPH MISSOURI. BETH IS MOVING TOWARD THE EAST NORTHEAST AT 17 MPH...
27 KM/H. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...BETH SHOULD BE NEARING THE BURLINGTON IOWA AREA
BY MID-EVENING. 

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 30 MPH...48 KM/H WITH HIGHER GUSTS. BETH IS NOW
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WEAKENING SLOWLY OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE WAS 998 MB...OR 29.47 INCHES.

MAJOR AIR OR LAND TRAVEL DELAYS:

THERE ARE LENGTHY DELAYS WITH FLIGHTS INBOUND TO MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...DUE TO WEATHER...HEAVY SNOW/ICE AND BLOCKED RUNWAYS.
THERE ARE ALSO DELAYS WITH INBOUND FLIGHTS AT O-HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
IN CHICAGO...DUE TO WEATHER/SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. NO OTHER AIRPORT FIGHT
DELAYS NOTED AT THIS TIME.

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS ARE FOR THE MOST PART SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ACROSS THE
REGION...WITH IMPROVING CONDITIONS ACROSS PARTS OF EASTERN IOWA.

NEXT UPDATE:

THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY IS SCHEDULED FOR 800 PM CST.

FORECASTER: BAKER/COLEMAN
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(NOTE)...THIS ADVISORY PRODUCT IS BASED ON THE LATEST AVAILABLE DATA AND
COMPUTER PROJECTIONS. IT SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS GUIDANCE.




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