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Beware the wind

Blowing snow gives way to deep freeze

January 31, 2013
By PETER KASPARI (pkaspari@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

Webster County residents woke up to snow Wednesday morning, weather that forced some to change their plans.

Though the storm covered the county with snow, law enforcement reported minimal problems caused by the weather itself.

Sheriff Jim Stubbs said most problems came from the wind.

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Blowing snow made travel difficult Wednesday morning. A vehicle seems to almost disappear in the white haze on Iowa Highway 175 near Gowrie.

"With the wind blowing the way it is, visibility can be an issue, especially if people are traveling at night," he said.

Despite the snow, Stubbs said there wasn't an increase in accident reports.

"There was a significant amount of snowfall in the southern part of the county, especially compared to what was in the northwest part," he said. "It varied quite a bit, but all in all there hasn't been a big increase in accidents."

Stubbs said the roads in the county were being cleared, but blowing snow meant the streets couldn't be clean for long.

"I know the county plows have been out and doing a good job of putting down sand," he said. "The problem is the wind blows the aggregate across the roads so drivers should still be careful."

He also cautioned those who were driving to be cautious.

"When the wind blows like this, visibility deteriorates," Stubbs said. "It's more apparent when you have to use headlights after dark, because it reflects off the blowing snow."

But, he added, headlights can help during the day.

"I'd suggest that everybody use headlights during daylight," he said. "When the snow's blowing, people will be able to see you coming."

 
 

 

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