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Hazardous icy conditions impact Northwest Iowa

Friday, January 22, 2010

Natural wonders - Days of dense fog and rain have given these trees a frosty coat and make these normally statuesque trees look as though they are part of a magical winter wonderland. Photo by Mike Leckband
Northwest Iowa's wintry weather continued to blast the area this week, as sleet and rain hit the area Wednesday and Thursday, making driving (and walking) hazardous.

Mid-American Energy did not receive any reports of power outages from Cherokee County or O'Brien County, but there were 255 reports in Ida County, affecting 7.94% of their customers, including three locations in Galva and four in Holstein. The majority of Mid-American's complaints in Northwest Iowa came a little bit south of Cherokee County, as Crawford County reported 36 locations without power, affecting 207 customers. The town f Early reported outages in three locations, affecting 344 customers.

Mid-American crews worked through the night to restore power where they could. Most of the outages were caused by ice on the lines, in some cases even causing downed lines.

The schools in the area have been affected with closings and late starts. River Valley, South O'Brien, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and Aurelia students had no school on either Wednesday or Thursday, making a total of seven missed days at River Valley so far this school year. This information was not available from the other area schools.

Galva- Holstein had no school on Wednesday, but had classes on Thursday, with a one hour late start. Cherokee had no school on Wednesday, but held a full day of classes on Thursday.

The forecast is calling for rain on Friday and Saturday, turning to snow on Sunday.

And, of course, we are only about half-done with winter.

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