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Event Blizzard
State IOWA
County/Area PALO ALTO
WFO DMX
Report Source Law Enforcement
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-01-29 09:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-01-29 16:00:00.0 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 strong Arctic cold front moved through the state during the night of the 28th and early morning of the 29th. At the same time, low pressure developed along the front in Missouri during the day on the 29th and lifted northeast to Lower Michigan by the evening. A strong pressure gradient developed over the state by the morning of the 29th, with winds gusting in the 25 to 40 MPH range. An area of snow developed during the day with a one to two hour period of heavy snowfall. The snow amounts were not all that great, generally between one half and two inches. During this time, winds continued to increase. By mid day northwest winds were sustained in the 25 to 35 MPH range, with frequent gusts of 40 to 50 MPH. Unofficial wind gusts were measured as high as 60 MPH, with several official gusts to around 55 MPH. There was no loose snow over northern Iowa at the beginning of the event, however four to six inches of packed snow and ice remained on the ground. Once the new snow began to fall, visibility dropped to under one quarter of a mile quite quickly, with numerous reports of visibility no more than a few feet. In addition to the blizzard conditions, temperatures fell to around zero during the event as well with wind chill indices in the 20 to 30 below zero range. The low visibility caused numerous school and business closings and made travel very difficult.
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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 0 100.00K 0.00K
HUMBOLDT (ZONE) HUMBOLDT (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
POCAHONTAS (ZONE) POCAHONTAS (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
WRIGHT (ZONE) WRIGHT (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
HANCOCK (ZONE) HANCOCK (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
WINNEBAGO (ZONE) WINNEBAGO (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
WORTH (ZONE) WORTH (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
KOSSUTH (ZONE) KOSSUTH (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PALO ALTO (ZONE) PALO ALTO (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
CERRO GORDO (ZONE) CERRO GORDO (ZONE) IA 01/29/2008 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 100.00K 0.00K