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Parts of Siouxland are under a heat advisory until six tonight. The heat index will climb easily into the triple digits. According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance for severe storms with hail and high wind. Plus, areas south of Yankton to Spencer will have an elevated risk for a brief tornado.

Due to the heat, Hunt Elementary school will have an early dismissal. While a new school is being built, students are attending class in the old Crescent Park building. It is the only non-air conditioned school in the district.

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The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory today for the entire state of Iowa, most of South Dakota and a large portion of Nebraska.

The heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. for Siouxland with a heat index near 110.

Governors from all three Siouxland States slam the CDC’s announcement on Tuesday urging both vaccinated and nonvaccinated people to wear masks due to a surge of cases of COVID-19.

The CDC also advises children in schools wear masks this fall.

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Parts of Siouxland under a tornado watch until 9 tonight, including Woodbury, Monona, Ida, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Clay, Emmet, and Pocahontas.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for several counties across central Iowa, including Calhoun and Carroll just outside of Siouxland.

A judge has agreed to delay the sentencing of the man convicted of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts after his lawyers said they need time to investigate new information implicating other people.

An internal report has found that state police officers in Iowa drew their weapons and used force against suspects significantly more often in 2020 than prior years, due to a major increase in resistance.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's annual report on force incidents found that suspects fled in vehicles and on foot from officers far more often in 2020.

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Siouxland is under a Wind Chill Warning until Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. The National Weather Service says expect dangerously cold wind chills of up to 40-below overnight.

Last night’s weather set records across the region. Sioux City did as well, with a low temperature of -28.

Nebraska also saw a number of low-temperature records broken and expected more to fall Tuesday — as a polar vortex pushed Arctic air into the Plains. Temperatures are expected to be below normal for almost a week.

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More winter weather will move through parts of Siouxland tonight through tomorrow. The National Weather Service Office says this fast-moving system could bring a couple of inches of snow to the area with strong winds up to 45 miles per hour.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect overnight through noon tomorrow for a large part of Siouxland, including Woodbury County, Dakota, and Union Counties.


Dakota County Health officials report one more death due to COVID-19 and two confirmed cases for a total of 1,785 and 37 deaths.  There are 44 deaths in Woodbury County and a 11 new cases for a running total of 3,192.  Union County has 124 positive cases.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports an increase in positive coronavirus cases.  There were almost 700 new cases, the biggest jump since late May.  There were no new deaths for 717 in all and almost 30,000 positive cases.

South Dakota reports 62 new positive cases today.  The death toll remains at 93.

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On Monday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported two deaths and 123 new cases of COVID-19; that includes two more in Woodbury County for a total of 20.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says a large amount of the deaths are from people living in long-term care facilities.  She also took a moment to give a message to employees at facilities across the state.

“You are more than caregivers.  You are heroes on the front lines.  Thank you for showing up and caring for others like you would for your own family.”

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued an emergency declaration today concerning COVID-19.

She ordered restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters and casinos to close for two weeks as part of a public health emergency plan designed to ease the community spread of the illness.

Reynolds also prohibited mass gatherings and events of more than 10 people including parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers.

Senior citizen centers and adult day care facilities have been closed.

The closures are intended to last through March 31.

A winter storm warning kicked in today at noon for Siouxland.  The National Weather Service says parts of southeastern South Dakota, northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa could see 6 to 9 inches of snow with winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour.  Several schools canceled or are letting students out early today in anticipation of the storm.

As far as we know a town hall planned tonight in Sioux City with Democratic Candidate for President Pete Buttigieg is still on.  That’s according to his Iowa campaign leaders.  The event is scheduled for 6:30 at West Middle School.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for parts of Siouxland that could impact travel this Thanksgiving week.

Western Nebraska could see a foot of snow or more by Wednesday morning.

Sioux City and northwest Iowa will be under a Winter Storm Watch starting tomorrow morning.  The forecast calls for heavy snow with accumulations of 5 to 9 inches with high winds as well.

The winter storm warning includes the communities of Wayne and Norfork.


The city of Sioux Falls is reeling after a likely tornado struck late last night, leaving behind a trail of damage and debris.

“There is a level of destruction up here that we’re not use to seeing.” 

That’s news anchor Brian Allen who works for KSFY-Television in Sioux Falls who says the twister touched down about a mile from his home.    

“Roofs have collapsed, windows have been blown out.  There is tree damage area.. power poles are down and trees are down.”

Allen is a former anchor at KCAU Television in Sioux City.

A deluge from this morning’s thunderstorm caused flash flooding downtown Sioux City.  And more  Powerful thunderstorms that blew through southeastern South Dakota damaged farm buildings and trees and cut power to hundreds.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning early Wednesday that included the cities of Armour, Parkston, Tripp, Delmont, Alcester, and Wakonda. Other areas were under severe thunderstorm warnings.

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It’s very hot this afternoon in Iowa and forecasters say it’ll get even hotter tomorrow and through the weekend. In Siouxland, we can expect highs in the mid to upper nineties all weekend. The National Weather Service in metro Des Moines says temperatures are going to be getting up into the 90s across the state along with the humidity that’s already in place.  The service told Radio Iowa that combining that kind of heat and humidity means at heat indices getting into the low 100s tomorrow and into the weekend.”

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Jun 21, 2019

The first official summer weekend will be a soggy one for most of Iowa.

Potential heavy rain will be mixed with severe weather over the next few days.

In Siouxland, scattered thunderstorms are possible tonight with hail and winds up to 40 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service says the most severe weather could strike parts of southern Iowa.

Three years after South Dakota lawmakers changed the state's education funding formula to boost teacher pay,  school leaderes say the new system isn't delivering as promised.

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The National Weather Service is investigating a series of tornado that struck the state of Iowa last night.

However, the National Weather Service says many of the twisters were minor and only on the ground from one to two minutes, even thought there was a total of 15 tornado warnings across the state.

Anywhere between ten and 20 tornadoes touched down.  Two caused damage near Iowa Falls and Montezuma.

Someone was hurt near Barnes City in Poweshiek County near central Iowa.