Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Pre-Christmas blizzard blasts NWI

Dangerous winter conditions weren't on anyone's wish list

It wasn't so much the snow as it was the wind.

An intense winter storm blew through the upper Midwest last week just in time to wreck travel plans and cancel Christmas events throughout the region. Bitter wind chills repeatedly hit -40 degrees in northwest Iowa and visibility on roads dropped to zero as the storm raged last Thursday and Friday. Highways closed and travel was not advised during the blizzard, which stranded motorists who dared tempt Mother Nature's wrath.

According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, local snow accumulations only topped 1-2 inches in O'Brien and Clay...