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Monday, January 2, 2023

Another Winter Storm Hits West Central Iowa

Another Winter Storm threatens Northwest Iowa with ice and heavy snow. Currently there is an Ice Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory for Crawford, Monona, Harrison, Sac, Ida, Carroll, and Woodbury Counties. Crawford County Emergency management Director Greg Miller says the forecast calls for areas north of Crawford County to get the worst of this storm. 

“Roads crews have to get out there to get things taken care of,” Miller said. “People that are commuting down from the north and west, probably have to be a lot more careful than the people coming up from the south.”

Monday into Tuesday morning rain is forecasted to fall and temperatures will be around 34 degrees. That should fall as rain, but Miller says high winds will freeze the precipitation that falls. That means ice. 

“The roads are going to be really slick – sidewalks, in town (and) out of town, windy are probably going to cause power outages in areas,” Miller said. 

The forecast is calling for Denison to get a tenth of an inch of ice. North of Denison, around Storm Lake, for example, forecasts show a quarter to a full inch of ice. 

“There may be some communities, maybe some farm communities that may be out of power for a while,” Miller said. 

If power does go out, Miller says be prepared with radios, blankets and food. Workers will be doing their best to get power restored as quickly as possible. Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuheler reminds people to use common sense. 

“Everybody drive safely today, go slower than normal once it starts,” Steinkuheler said. “You’re not in a hurry because you’ll never make it if it’s pure ice.” 

Tuesday night into Wednesday, there is a call for 1-3 inches of snow for Denison. Stay with KDSN for updates on severe weather as it happens.

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