Clean-up continues after a major winter stormed tracked across Iowa Thursday night into Friday. Over six inches of snow fell across the northwest half of the state. The hardest hit areas included Fort Dodge and Algona.
Thursday evening, thundersnow surprised many residents across northern Iowa. This caused 1 to 2 inches of snow to fall per hour, creating greatly reduced visibilities, forcing many drivers to stop traveling for the evening. One couple we spoke to was on their way to Colorado from Minneapolis, when they were forced to stop for the night at the Northwood truck stop exit due to the very poor road conditions.
One person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle rollover east of Pella Friday evening. KNIA/KRLS in Pella reports that Pella Ambulance, Pella Rural Fire, Pella Police, and the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office all responded and assisted with the rescue attempt. The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the cause, which has not been officially released. Visibility was reduced due to blowing snow and Highway 163 was partially covered with snow and ice at the time of the reported incident.