Christmas Snow Storm
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Photos by Paul Struck
A Christmas Blizzard struck the area over the 2009 holiday, effectively canceling or postponing most family and public Christmas festivities, as traffic was impossible and certainly not advised.
Easy does it-
Motorists could travel in downtown Cherokee following last week's Christmas blizzard that dumped 18 inches of snow, but they had to drive carefully on the slick streets and with limited visibility at the intersections.
The super-sized snow blade fronting this train engine spewed snow near and far while barreling through downtown Cherokee Sunday afternoon at the West Main Street Railroad crossing. The Cherokee area received an estimated 18 inches of snow last week, with high winds whipping it into steep drifts throughout Northwest Iowa.
The aftermath -
The estimated 18 inches of snow the Cherokee area received last week made traveling downtown a cautious trip as this photo taken Sunday afternoon reveals. The heavy snows and high winds Christmas Eve and Christmas Day plugged the downtown with snow drifts, and banks and wind rows of snow. The City crews did a superb job working days and nights to clear the streets and alleys throughout the City by Monday morning.
Railroad plow -
The snow covering the railroad tracks through Cherokee had no chance Sunday afternoon as a freight train plowed through with its large snow blade leading the way.
Piled high -
After the Dec. 23-26,2009 blizzard and falling temperatures, the snow is piled high throughout Cherokee County, including Koser-Spring Lake Park in Cherokee.
It's this way -
Despite the heavy snows and high drifts received throughout Northwest Iowa last week, Cherokee's Tyson Deli location was easily visible, thanks to this sign standing sentry duty along U.S. Highway 59 south of the City.
Fun in the snow
Matt Stieneke is pictured having some fun with all the snow the area has recently received. This 'little Bit' of snow isn't going to keep this kid away from his favorite sport. Stieneke is currently looking for a winter soccer league.
Not getting drug down by the snow -
Making the best of the Christmas Blizzard, Mike and Linda Mummert, along with their six-year old Simon and four year old Hanna, traveled into Cherokee to celebrate Christmas with their family. The Mummerts live just outside Cherokee and reported it was a nice little sleigh ride to town. They loaded up with the necessities and off they went. Linda said that their kids loved the trip and will be a fun memory for her family.