Cherokee County saw the first major snow storm of the winter season on Sunday. Snow began falling in the morning, and, according to the Cherokee Fire Department, seven inches of the white stuff fell in the city, leading to snow rows down the middle of the street. Cherokee, Aurelia, and Galva-Holstein students started classes two hours late, while Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, River Valley, and South O'Brien students did not have school at all. This was not weather-related, however, as all three schools had previously scheduled an in-service day for teachers on Monday.
The Cherokee Police Department reported two minor traffic accidents which are believed to be weather-related - one in a parking lot in town, and another on one of the area roads. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department reported one accident Sunday afternoon , where a driver was unable to stop at a stop sign on a county road, and was struck by a vehicle. It is not clear if this was weather-related.
Many area residents who were out Sunday, traveling to Sioux City or other area communities, reported difficult traveling on area highways, due to snow, ice, and in some cases snowplows, whose snow removal was causing very low visibility for vehicles who were following the plow,
There's no snow right now, but temperatures have dropped to record-setting, bone-chilling levels.