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Snow, strong winds shut things down

Monday, January 11, 2010

The snow plows were out Thursday morning, trying to make things passable on Cherokee's Main Street. Photo by Dan Whitney
The estimated 7-8 inches of additional snow which fell in the Cherokee area on Wednesday was very light and fluffy - not a good situation when coupled with winds estimated at 30 miles per hour and stronger, with gusts exceeding 45 mph.

And sure enough, as forecast, strong winds blew into Cherokee County and the surrounding area through the night on Wednesday, and into late Thursday night creating hazardous driving conditions with the blowing, drifting snow and poor visibility.

The Cherokee City crew did a nice job in clearing the streets in a timely manner, but there were serious snow drifts on the highways and by-ways as county and State plows could not stay ahead of the vicious storm and were pulled off the roads.

All area schools were closed all day on Thursday and Friday after getting early outs on Wednesday. Several businesses closed, but several Cherokee businesses opened their doors a few hours later Friday morning.

Thursday's and Friday's area prep sports slate, along with other school extracurricular events were postponed, including Friday's Cherokee Lakes Conference basketball doubleheader with Le Mars in Cherokee, and Thursday wrestling double duals involving the Braves at Spencer, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at Marcus, and Aurelia/Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland at Holstein.

The light at the end of the tunnel? The "high" temperatures forecast for the first part of this week. It's supposed to be all the way up to the mid-20's (above zero).

In the meantime, hunker down, and know that the performers at the Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival this weekend will play hot enough jazz to warm things up.

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