Albia slammed with big snow

YOUR TABLE IS READY. A patio table is piled high with about eight inches of snow Saturday morning. Another two to three inches fell before it was all over.

It’s another swing and a miss for weather forecasters who said the Midwest was looking at a mild, more dry winter. Southern Iowa was slammed by the second major snow event since November on Friday and Saturday and it appears we’re in for more of the same Thursday and again this Saturday.

Snow started falling on Friday, enough so that basketball games in Chariton were moved up a half hour. It wasn’t enough as Albia fans had a white knuckle ride home following the boys varsity game.

Snow amounts had surpassed six inches by Saturday morning and people with rulers we’re measuring between nine and 11 inches by mid-afternoon Saturday.

Snow plows were out throughout the night on Friday and Saturday and Albia crews were still trying to clear streets Sunday and Monday.

School resumed as scheduled on Monday, but buses were driving on hard-surfaced roads only. Monday night a light mist started to fall and it continued throughout the night making streets and sidewalks extremely slick. A late start for school turned into a complete shutdown of classes by about 8:30 a.m.

The weather forecast the remainder of the week appears to go from bad to worse, particularly in the southern part of the state. Another one to four inches of snow is forecast for Thursday and another major snow event appears to be on the horizon for the weekend. The difference is, instead of 25-30 degree temperatures and gentle winds, the weekend temperatures are expected to plummet to near zero with 20-30 mph winds out of the northwest.

With Saturday’s 9-11 inches of snow, since November Monroe County has been blanketed with up to 26 inches of snow in some parts of the county.

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