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Heavy, wet snow blankets Northwest Iowa

Monday, February 27, 2012

Picture this - The Cherokee Immaculate Conception Church steeple stood in stark contrast to the snow-covered trees framing the church after last week's winter storm that left 6-9 inches of heavy, wet snow in Cherokee County and throughout much of Northwest Iowa. Photo by Mike Leckband
Storm forces area schools, businesses to close

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.

MHI winter grandeur - The Donohue Building on the Cherokee Mental Health Institute Campus was a winter wonderland after Thursday's heavy, wet snows blanketed Northwest Iowa, leaving from 6-9 inches of snow in its wake. Photo by Mike Leckband
High winds also kicked up in late afternoon hours Thursday, causing white-out conditions both in towns and on the roads, making travel treacherous throughout the area.

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.

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