Thursday's winter snow storm caused numerous cancellations and/or postponements throughout much of Northwest Iowa.
All area schools dismissed their students early Thursday and on Friday, most schools started two hours late, while Alta-Aurelia did not have classes at all. Several businesses closed Thursday afternoon as the snow piled up and the howling Northwest winds increased to more than 30 mph.
Cherokee County received from 6-9 inches of heavy, wet snow that fell all afternoon and into the evening. The Sioux City area received about three inches total. The snows were preceded Thursday morning by rain, freezing rain, and sleet that eventually turned over to snow as the temperature cooled in the p.m. hours.
The Aurelia area received nine or more inches from a band of snow that lingered in that part of the county.
Area law enforcement reported a spike in traffic accidents during the storm, but no personal injuries were reported.
As usual, the storm caught the weather forecasters off guard as they had predicted the heaviest snows for Iowa counties north and east of Cherokee.