PHOTOS: (Before & after) Taken 24 hours apart, these photos show how dramatic the scene at the fairgrounds changed overnight between Dec. 19 and 20. From green grass and a visible track to a snow-covered ground. More photos on page A-2 and A-28. (Photos by Kim Brooks)
By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
On Dec. 19 and 20, Iowa was hit with a snowstorm that dumped anywhere from 15 to 5 inches of snow across the state. Locally, Jones County received around 5 inches, including winds that created blizzard-like conditions with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour.
Schools in Monticello closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20 and 21, giving students an early start to their holiday vacation.
Before this snowfall, Iowa hit a record of no snowfall. It’s been about 270 days since we’ve seen any snow! (But who’s complaining?)
City crews were out early Thursday morning, clearing streets and parking lots around Monticello. They maintained a presence in town throughout the day, as well as Friday morning.
The city issued a snow emergency overnight Dec. 19 and 20, which meant all vehicles had to be off the streets to clear the snow.
With the first major snowfall, or snow of any amount, there were some accidents reported late last week. Several semi accidents along Highway 151 were called in between Anamosa and Cascade. A semi just south of Monticello near Langworthy jackknifed on the highway, causing traffic to back up for miles. A grain truck spilled over along Highway 151 near Cascade as well.
While moms and dads were busy shoveling out, kids were seen all over town, sledding at Carpenter hill and using makeshift snow piles as forts near Sacred Heart School.
It’s safe to say this will be a white Christmas after all!
PHOTOS: (Before & after) The Panther outside Monticello High School was surrounded by mostly green grass Dec. 19, then bathed in white 24 hours later. (Photos by Pete Temple)
PHOTO: Local U.S. Postal Service employee Paul Dague trudges through the drifts to deliver mail around Monticello. As the saying goes, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” (Photo by Kim Brooks)
PHOTO: A jackknifed semi along Highway 151 North near mile marker 60 outside of Monticello blocked traffic during the morning hours on Friday, Dec. 21. A gas leak was also reported coming from the semi. (Photo by Pete Temple)