(Des Moines) Southwest Iowa dodged the snow bullet today but northern Iowa residents were not so lucky.
“The state’s single day record for snowfall in the month of May was set on May 28, 1947, where there was a report of 10” in Le Mars,” stated Kurt Kotenberg with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. “So far today we have 11-inches reported in both Forest City and Britt and 10.5 inches in Algona which breaks the single day snowfall record in the month of May.”
The heavy wet snow knocked down power lines from Worth to Palo Alto County leaving residents without electricity.
Snowfall totals in southwest Iowa were much lighter. Atlantic reported 2.3 inches of snow and 3.1 inches in Jamaica in Guthrie County. Even the lighter amounts knocked out power to just over 400 Mid-American Energy customers around the Elk Horn area.
Kotenberg says there is a band of snow stretching along a line from around Creston and Decatur county extending northeast through Des Moines, Ames and Waterloo. He says that band will move very slowly east through the overnight hours.
The good news is warmer temperatures into the 40’s and 50’s are on the way with more rain in the forecast for the weekend.
May 2, 2013