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Winter weather strikes; schools, businesses closed

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A winter snowstorm hit the Cherokee area on Sunday afternoon and continued through the night, causing area schools to cancel classes.

Heavy snow - The statue in front of the Cherokee Fire Station that is in memory of former Chief Jack Olson dramatically demonstrates the amount of snow received in Cherokee on Monday. Photo by Mike Leckband
Strong winds hit the area Friday night causing white-out conditions in many areas, according to local law enforcement agencies.

Most schools initially announced a two hour delay early Monday, but after checking out the slippery roads, steadily falling snow, and mounting snow drifts, they quickly came to the decision to cancel the day's classes and other activities. Some area businesses were also closed or shut down early on Monday.

Keeping things clear - The City of Cherokee Street Department was busy keeping the streets and public buildings accessible on Monday. Pictured is one city operator making sure that the entrance at the Cherokee Fire Station was clear of snow in case the CFD services were needed. Photo by Mike Leckband
Weather forecasts had called for anywhere from to six to eight inches of snow for this area over a two day period, and an unofficial measurement at the Chronicle Times on Tuesday morning showed that approximately 8-10 inches had fallen.

Roads were snow and ice-covered on Tuesday morning, and classes at most area schools were once again called off, as increasing winds were forecast to create visibility problems for motorists due to the fluffy snow and cold temperatures. Tuesday's high temperatures hovered in the low single digits. As of Tuesday morning, though, only one minor weather-related traffic accident had been reported in the county.

Wednesday's forecast called for a high of eight degrees, and nightime temperatures plunging below zero, but no major precipitation is in the forecast for the next week.

City, County, and State road crews also stayed busy and ahead of the storm and most area roadways had been plowed at least once by Monday morning. The cold temperatures also created some problems for road crews as the sand/salt application would not melt.

Clearing the way - Aurelia School custodian Roger Dreier clears the parking lot in front of the Aurelia school on Tuesday. Photo by Dan Whitney
Witnesses also reported many careless motorists sliding out of control at times due to icy conditions and their traveling too fast for the conditions.

Piled high on Main Street - The snow was piled high on North Main Street in Aurelia on Tuesday, after an estimated 8-10 inches of the white stuff fell on Sunday and Monday. Photo by Dan Whitney

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