Pre-Christmas blizzard blasts NWI region last week
December 31, 2020
Northwest Iowans hoping for a white Christmas got their wishes answered with a vengeance on Dec. 23.
A blizzard immobilized the region with freezing rain, snow and high-speed winds. Travel was not advised and many vehicles were stuck stranded after going in the ditch. On Thursday morning, there were six vehicles including one semi ditched along Highway 18 between Hartley and Everly.
The day started with a freezing drizzle that gradually transitioned into snow. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sioux Falls, most of O'Brien County received 4-6 inches of snow accumulation, whi...