Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Blizzard
State IOWA
County/Area SAC
WFO DMX
Begin Date 01/25/2010 09:00:00 CST-6
End Date 01/26/2010 02:00:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 75.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative After a warm weekend, cold air pushed southeast across Iowa on the 24th into the 25th. A strong upper level low pressure system rotated south around the primary closed low centered over the Great Lakes during the day on the 25th. Light snow developed in advance of the upper low with most of the state receiving anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of light fluffy snow the night of the 24th into the day on the 25th. A prolonged period of strong winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts 45 to 55 mph resulted in visibility ranging from zero to 1/4 mile with significant blowing and drifting of snow. County law enforcement and emergency managers reported that many roads drifted shut and plows had been pulled off many highways and county roads due to the futile and life-threatening effort to clear the roads. Numerous people were stranded in vehicles. Numerous vehicular accidents had occurred and large sections of state highways and the interstates were closed. Individual closings were too numerous to list here. Primary closings include Interstate 35 from Ames north to the Minnesota Line, U.S. 65 from U.S. Highway 20 north to the Minnesota Line, and Iowa Highway 3 from northwest of Waterloo to U.S. Highway 169 north of Fort Dodge. Some of the notable reports include a 20 vehicle accident on US Hwy 65 south of Mason City around 2 pm. Most schools in the area were closed, while others let out early. Drifts as high as 4 feet were reported in Emmet county with multiple semis and vehicles in ditches. Drifts were also 4 feet in Humboldt county. Many counties reported that emergency responders had been pulled off the road and only responded to the most critical accidents. By the early evening, nearly all secondary roads in the state had drifted shut, in addition to numerous primary highways. Travel was discouraged over nearly all of the western three quarters of the state. Most schools closed early on the 25th, with nearly all evening activities canceled. Some of the schools in the hardest hit areas remained closed on the 26th, and nearly all schools had a delayed start. Preliminary reports indicate that there were 5 fatalities during the blizzard, 4 due to auto accidents. The fifth fatality was due to exposure as the man tried to walk to get help after his car had gone into a ditch in Kossuth County.
Event Narrative


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 1 0 3.375M 0.00K
CERRO GORDO (ZONE) CERRO GORDO (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
WORTH (ZONE) WORTH (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
KOSSUTH (ZONE) KOSSUTH (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 1 0 75.00K 0.00K
EMMET (ZONE) EMMET (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
POCAHONTAS (ZONE) POCAHONTAS (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
SAC (ZONE) SAC (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
CALHOUN (ZONE) CALHOUN (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
HAMILTON (ZONE) HAMILTON (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
HARDIN (ZONE) HARDIN (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
CRAWFORD (ZONE) CRAWFORD (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
CARROLL (ZONE) CARROLL (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
GREENE (ZONE) GREENE (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
BOONE (ZONE) BOONE (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
STORY (ZONE) STORY (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
AUDUBON (ZONE) AUDUBON (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
GUTHRIE (ZONE) GUTHRIE (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
DALLAS (ZONE) DALLAS (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
HANCOCK (ZONE) HANCOCK (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
HUMBOLDT (ZONE) HUMBOLDT (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
WRIGHT (ZONE) WRIGHT (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
WINNEBAGO (ZONE) WINNEBAGO (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
PALO ALTO (ZONE) PALO ALTO (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
BREMER (ZONE) BREMER (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
MONROE (ZONE) MONROE (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
TAMA (ZONE) TAMA (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
POLK (ZONE) POLK (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
JASPER (ZONE) JASPER (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
POWESHIEK (ZONE) POWESHIEK (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
CASS (ZONE) CASS (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
ADAIR (ZONE) ADAIR (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
MADISON (ZONE) MADISON (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
WARREN (ZONE) WARREN (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
MARION (ZONE) MARION (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
BUTLER (ZONE) BUTLER (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
MAHASKA (ZONE) MAHASKA (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
UNION (ZONE) UNION (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
CLARKE (ZONE) CLARKE (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
LUCAS (ZONE) LUCAS (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
GRUNDY (ZONE) GRUNDY (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
BLACK HAWK (ZONE) BLACK HAWK (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
WAPELLO (ZONE) WAPELLO (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
MARSHALL (ZONE) MARSHALL (ZONE) IA 01/25/2010 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
Totals: 1 0 3.375M 0.00K