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Event Details

Event Winter Storm
State IOWA
County/Area GRUNDY
WFO DMX
Report Source Law Enforcement
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-12-08 14:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-12-09 09:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 10.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A southwest flow aloft pushed warm air over the top of an existing polar air mass that was in place over Iowa. Low pressure developed to the southwest and lifted north during the day on the 8th. The low brought warm and moist air north into the central U.S. Temperatures climbed into the mid 40s to mid 50s over southern Iowa, while remaining below freezing over the north. Light precipitation broke out during the afternoon of the 8th in the form of freezing drizzle and freezing rain over the north. Some snow fell over the far northwest. The main precipitation held off until the evening as it took some time to saturate the column. Freezing rain was widespread across the north half of the state with 0.2 inches or more of ice accumulation across a large part of the state north of U.S. Highway 30. The snow began to transition into sleet and snow over the northwest and a band of heavy snow set up during the evening in the Fort Dodge area and areas to the north and west. Meanwhile, precipitation continued to fall as freezing rain well into the night over the north central and northeast. Ice accrued to about 0.3 inches from north of Waterloo into Bremer County. Roads over the north part of the state became very icy with the freezing rain falling on sub-freezing road surface temperatures. This caused numerous traffic problems. The ice also caused spotty power outages as branches fell onto power lines. During the night, the transition from freezing rain to snow progressed southeast. Heavy snowfall occurred in the Mason City area and points northeast with over 6 inches recorded. Elsewhere, snowfall was generally 4 inches or greater north of U.S. Highway 20. Some of the heavier snowfall totals included, 8 inches in the Algona area, 7 inches in the Ringsted area, and 6 inches in the Lake Mills area toward Mason city, as well as just north of Fort Dodge. During the event, northerly winds of 20 to 30 MPH caused considerable drifting of snow and areas of blowing snow. The combination of the snow, blowing snow, and ice coating resulted in the cancellation of many activities and numerous school closings.
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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 230.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
HARDIN (ZONE) HARDIN (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
CERRO GORDO (ZONE) CERRO GORDO (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
HAMILTON (ZONE) HAMILTON (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
WRIGHT (ZONE) WRIGHT (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
HUMBOLDT (ZONE) HUMBOLDT (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
BUTLER (ZONE) BUTLER (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
EMMET (ZONE) EMMET (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PALO ALTO (ZONE) PALO ALTO (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
POCAHONTAS (ZONE) POCAHONTAS (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
HANCOCK (ZONE) HANCOCK (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
WINNEBAGO (ZONE) WINNEBAGO (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
BLACK HAWK (ZONE) BLACK HAWK (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
GRUNDY (ZONE) GRUNDY (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
BREMER (ZONE) BREMER (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
WORTH (ZONE) WORTH (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
KOSSUTH (ZONE) KOSSUTH (ZONE) IA 12/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 230.00K 0.00K