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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Ice Warning Over, Snow Commences

The Ice Warning has passed, the rain has stopped, and now the white stuff commences. Crawford County Emergency Management Director Greg Miller says weather is always unknown when it comes to Iowa. The forecast can change in a minute. 

“(We) dodged a pretty good sized bullet,” Miller said. “They had areas all around us that had power outages. I think Schleswig had 6 people without power, but there were communities that were without power in other counties.”

Miller says there is one tool for Crawford County citizens which has proven invaluable during severe weather: Facebook. 

“People are out there and when they see it’s bad, they say something right away. So that their friends and other friends (see it) – and then people start sharing it,” Miller said. .

Though we, here in Crawford County, didn’t receive as much ice and snow as others, we did get more ice than was forecasted. Monday night .65 inches of rain fell, but only .10 inches of ice was recorded. 

Miller says there could be an explanation for so much rain falling and yet so little ice freezing in Denison.

“I kind of wondered maybe the winds that we had last night might have kept the ice off our lines. That maybe was a help, it’s hard to know,” Miller said.

Heading further north to southeast South Dakota and it’s a different story. 

“They’re not going to open 1-29 or 1-90 until tomorrow, they’ve gotten so much snow and wind and ice,” Miller said.

Snow will continue falling across Crawford County throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The forecast calls for 1-3 inches of snow overnight.

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