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4/3 First at 4

4/3 First at 4

Posted: Apr. 20, 2018 5:18 PM
Updated: Apr. 20, 2018 5:18 PM

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a spring snowstorm is upon us. we have team coverage from our stormteam three meteorologists. / preshow headline 4-live-2 the winter storm rages on and we've got full team coverage ranging from mason city to rochester giving you the latest on what you can expect from this system. preshow headline 2-wx-2 snowfall continues to make its way into north iowa as well and we have to deal with falling temperatures as well. find out how cold we will be getting coming up. / preshow headline 3-live-2 plus...our stormtracker three is giving us a live look at the difficult driving conditions out on the roads. / preshow headline 5-vo-2 preshow headline 5-vo-3 our team coverage of the spring snowstorm on kimt news three first at four...starts right now. / / thanks for joining us. i'm amy fleming in mason city. and i'm raquel hellman in albert lea. the spring snowstorm is in full force...and we have team coverage from our stormteam three meteorologists. chief meteorologist tyler roney and brandon libby are in mason city. and meteorologists jon rivas and sara knox are in rochester. / we'll start with stormteam three meteorologist sara knox...in our rochester studio with the latest conditions...sar a.xxx main weather 1-roch-2 the snowfall that we have seen throughout a majority of the day will continue into tonight before slowly weakening after midnight. the wind will remain stronger with speeds around 15 to 25 mph leading to blowing snow and reduced visibilities. cold temperatures are on the way for tonight as lows fall all the way to the lower double digits to the lower teens. we'll have sunshine for wednesday, but highs will only be in the 20's. clouds will return wednesday night and for thursday as we track some minor precipitation chances for friday in the form of another rain/snow mix. this will be more isolated. our next more widespread system that we are tracking will look to move through on sunday and fall as a rain/snow mix leading to the potential for additional snowfall accumulations. highs will be in the mid 30's for the weekend. some snow chances will linger into monday. tonight: snow ending/areas of blowing snow. lows: lower double digits. winds: northeast at 15 to 25 mph. wednesday: mostly sunny. highs: mid to upper 20's. winds: northwest at 10 to 15 mph. wednesday night: clouds increasing. lows: mid to upper teens. winds: southwest at 4 to 8 mph. first look at wx-live-2 the snow continues across portions of the area. roads have been very wet and slushy on the main roads with plenty of melting occurring. on the side roads and less traveled roads we are dealing with a little more slush and accumulation. be sure to use caution during the evening commute for slick travel. if you are shoveling remember that the snow is very wet and heavy - don't strain yourself. the snow is also great for playing - making snowballs and snowmen and such. the snow will continue into tonight before tapering off and leaving us with cold sunshine tomorrow. i'm going to send things back to our rochester studio...where meteoroglist jon rivas has more. live in mason city...meteorolo gist brandon libby...kimt news three. / main weather 1-roch-2 the traffic has been slow all day with accidents over north iowa and southern minnesota. the snow continues to fall, making wet roads. conditions will become more slick as we go into the evening with cooler temperatures. thanks jon. for more on the current conditions in north iowa...we'll head over to kimt stormteam three chief meteorologist tyler roney. he joins us now in our mason city studio...tyler?xx x first look at wx-main-2 first look at wx-wxcenter-3 tonight: snow ending/areas of blowing snow. lows: lower double digits. winds: northeast at 15 to 25 mph. wednesday: mostly sunny. highs: mid to upper 20's. winds: northwest at 10 to 15 mph. wednesday night: clouds increasing. lows: mid to upper teens. winds: southwest at 4 to 8 mph. thank you tyler. this weather is making for some very difficult travel conditions out on the roads. kimt news three's calyn thompson made her way from rochester to albert lea in stormtracker three. she joins us now live with a look at the current conditions...cal yn?xxx stormtracker 3-live-2 i'm here in albert lea in storm tracker 3. snow continues to fall and roads are wet. very slippery on exit and on ramps. one traveler i spoke to said major roads weren't too bad and i'd have to agree with him. however, that will change as we continue into tonight when temperatures will drop. i just got off the phone with mndot and they tell me all 102 plows are out across the region. partially covered roadways will keep them busy as well as the continued snowfall. plow operators have been out since midnight. they had a shift change at noon and will have another again at midnight. live in stormtracker three..calyn thompson...kimt news three. / thank you. and we want to let you know how this snow is impacting transportation. nx fp multi line:snow & public transportation kimt news 3 smart transit not operating in rural areas today ... smart transit is not operating in rural areas today. at rochester international airport - flights to and from minneapolis are currently delayed. just minutes ago we spoke with mason city municipal airport. they're currently experiencing delays for their fort dodge and minneapolis flights. / thank you sara. driving conditions are very difficult across our area.xxx road conditions-natvo-1 road conditions-natvo-2 wind tony duenes is watching cars slipping and sliding as they pull into trail's travel center in albert lea. he's also busy shoveling sidewalks. drivers we're talking with are following the advice of authorities...and just taking it slow. like many of us...tom henrich...who's driving from illnois...is ready for the snow to stop.xxx road conditions-sot-1 i've had a enough, its time to golf. / the city of stewartville is under a snow emergency. stewartville snow emergency-minipkg-1 stewartville snow emergency-vo-2 parking on streets is prohibited so that roads can be plowed. the snow emergency is in effect until seven o'clock tomorrow morning. if you park on the street before then...you will be ticketed. / our spring snowstorm coverage continues next. we're finding out if heavy snow in april is really as unusual as you may think. dual tease 1-vo-2 lowerthirdbanner:stores out of snow supplies? plus...if you're out of snow removal supplies...you may be out of luck. we're checking in with stores in our area to find out if they still have shovels and salt in stock. / community calendar 1-grx-2 community calendar 1-grx-3 we know it's not unheard of...but getting this much snow in april seems a little strange. so we're taking a look back...to find out if it's really all that unusual. roch numbers-grx-3 since 2002...rochester received more than six inches of snow in april four times. the largest amount was in 2007...when more than seven inches fell. / mc numbers-grx-2 the largest cumulative snowfall for the month of april in mason city in the past ten years was five inches...which happened in 2014. and the last time mason city received more than ten inches of snow in april was in 2003 when we saw twelve inches fall. / empty shelves-vo-2 this spring snow has many of us reaching for the shovels...ice scrapers...and salt. many of us already put all that stuff away for the season...thinkin g we probably wouldn't see any more significant snowfall. empty shelves-vo-1 empty shelves-vo-3 we stopped by ace hardware in rochester. the store manager says they're already stocking their shelves for spring...and didn't re-stock any winter items. he says he's having to turn customers away who come in looking for salt...scrapers. ..and shovels. / alex video of the day-vo-2 not many people are too excited about this spring snowstorm. and it's creating lots of headaches and inconveniences when it comes to travel. alex video of the day-vo-3 alex video of the day-vo-5 but it's also creating some stunning scenery. our camera caught a glimpse of these deer at east park in mason city. like many of us...it looks like they're trying to hide from the snow. / wx tease-wx cntr-2 your full stormteam 3 forecast is coming up next. weather with anchor-main-2 the snowfall that we have seen throughout a majority of the day will continue into tonight before slowly weakening after midnight. the wind will remain stronger with speeds around 15 to 25 mph leading to blowing snow and reduced visibilities. cold temperatures are on the way for tonight as lows fall all the way to the lower double digits to the lower teens. we'll have sunshine for wednesday, but highs will only be in the 20's. clouds will return wednesday night and for thursday as we track some minor precipitation chances for friday in the form of another rain/snow mix. this will be more isolated. our next more widespread system that we are tracking will look to move through on sunday and fall as a rain/snow mix leading to the potential for additional snowfall accumulations. highs will be in the mid 30's for the weekend. some snow chances will linger into monday. tonight: snow ending/areas of blowing snow. lows: lower double digits. winds: northeast at 15 to 25 mph. wednesday: mostly sunny. highs: mid to upper 20's. winds: northwest at 10 to 15 mph. wednesday night: clouds increasing. lows: mid to upper teens. winds: southwest at 4 to 8 mph. weather with anchor-main-2 weather with anchor-main-3 the snowfall that we have seen throughout a majority of the day will continue into tonight before slowly weakening after midnight. the wind will remain stronger with speeds around 15 to 25 mph leading to blowing snow and reduced visibilities. cold temperatures are on the way for tonight as lows fall all the way to the lower double digits to the lower teens. we'll have sunshine for wednesday, but highs will only be in the 20's. clouds will return wednesday night and for thursday as we track some minor precipitation chances for friday in the form of another rain/snow mix. this will be more isolated. our next more widespread system that we are tracking will look to move through on sunday and fall as a rain/snow mix leading to the potential for additional snowfall accumulations. highs will be in the mid 30's for the weekend. some snow chances will linger into monday. tonight: snow ending/areas of blowing snow. lows: lower double digits. winds: northeast at 15 to 25 mph. wednesday: mostly sunny. highs: mid to upper 20's. winds: northwest at 10 to 15 mph. wednesday night: clouds increasing. lows: mid to upper teens. winds: southwest at 4 to 8 mph. weather with anchor-main-2 continues to fall across the area, some more than others. this has been the story since this morning leading to harsh travel conditions. accidents have been a concern and will continue through tonight. our spring snowstorm coverage continues next. we'll have live looks at the current conditions in southern minnesota and north iowa. / dual tease 3-live-6 plus...a live look at what it's like out on the roads from stormtracker three. / the snow is still falling across much of our area. for a look at the current conditions in north iowa...we'll check in with kimt stormteam three meteorologist brandon libby. he joins us now live in mason city...brandon what's it looking out there right now?xxx brandon live-live-2 tonight: snow ending/areas of blowing snow. lows: lower double digits. winds: northeast at 15 to 25 mph. wednesday: mostly sunny. highs: mid to upper 20's. winds: northwest at 10 to 15 mph. wednesday night: clouds increasing. lows: mid to upper teens. winds: southwest at 4 to 8 mph. live in mason city, meteorologist brandon libby, kimt news three. / thanks brandon. and now for a look at the current conditions in southern minnesota...we'l l check in with stormteam three meteorologist jon rivas. he joins us now live in rochester...jon. ..what's it's like outside there?xxx jon live-live-2 outside in rochester, we have seen a consistent snowfall pretty much since 4 am this morning. with temperatures just around the freezing point, we have seen some melting. there will be a great deal of refreezing overnight as temperatures drop. so even though the snow will stop tonight, you still need to drive carefully live in rochester, meteorolgoist jon rivas, kimt news three. / thanks calyn. our team coverage of the spring snowstorm continues next. our stormteam three meteorologists will have the latest on what you can expect for the rest of the evening. / last weather with sara-roch-2 the snowfall that we have seen throughout a majority of the day will continue into tonight before slowly weakening after midnight. the wind will remain stronger with speeds around 15 to 25 mph leading to blowing snow and reduced visibilities. cold temperatures are on the way for tonight as lows fall all the way to the lower double digits to the lower teens. we'll have sunshine for wednesday, but highs will only be in the 20's. clouds will return wednesday night and for thursday as we track some minor precipitation chances for friday in the form of another rain/snow mix. this will be more isolated. our next more widespread system that we are tracking will look to move through on sunday and fall as a rain/snow mix leading to the potential for additional snowfall accumulations. highs will be in the mid 30's for the weekend. some snow chances will linger into monday. tonight: snow ending/areas of blowing snow. lows: lower double digits. winds: northeast at 15 to 25 mph. wednesday: mostly sunny. highs: mid to upper 20's. winds: northwest at 10 to 15 mph. wednesday night: clouds increasing. lows: mid to upper teens. winds: southwest at 4 to 8 mph. stormtracker 3-live-2 i'm here in albert lea in storm tracker 3. snow continues to fall and roads are wet. very slippery on exit and on ramps. one traveler i spoke to said major roads weren't too bad and i'd have to agree with him. however, that will change as we continue into tonight when temperatures will drop. i just got off the phone with mndot and they tell me all 102 plows are out across the region. partially covered roadways will keep them busy as well as the continued snowfall. plow operators have been out since midnight. they had a shift change at noon and will have another again at midnight. live in stormtracker three..calyn thompson...kimt news three. / tonight: snow ending/areas of blowing snow. lows: lower double digits. winds: northeast at 15 to 25 mph. wednesday: mostly sunny. highs: mid to upper 20's. winds: northwest at 10 to 15 mph. wednesday night: clouds increasing. lows: mid to upper teens. winds: southwest at 4 to 8 mph. and here's what you can expect from our spring snowstorm coverage tonight on kimt news three at five. promo hotels-vo-1 promo hotels-vo-2 local hotels are filling up fast...as drivers get off the road...and try to escape the snow. / promo crashes-vo-1 promo crashes-vo-2 plus...the slippery roads...lead to crashes across the area, we're breaking down those numbers...and finding out how you can stay safe if you have to venture out in the storm. / thanks for joining us for first at four. jeopardy is next and then we'll see you right back here for kimt news three at five. /
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