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Blizzard packs a punch

Blowing snow creates hazards, causes closings

February 26, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

As Thursday afternoon cooled, the first, sparse snowfall came in the form of graupel, tiny balls of rain and snow mixture. As the wind picked up and the predicted snowfall became heavier, the snow became a flurry of dendrites, the classic, six-point snowfall shape.

The National Weather Service put the area under a blizzard warning, which continued through the weekend. Light to moderate snow continued through late Friday with light freezing drizzle and northwest winds creating white out conditions.

While initial reports indicated Estherville and Emmet County could see up to 14 inches of snow, most of the area received less than 10 inches.

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Emmet County Emergency Manager Terry Reekers said he was pleased people were heeding the warnings to stay off the roads during the tow ban. "No serious motor vehicle accidents so far," Reekers noted.

Amber Gronbeck Schilling of Estherville said her plan was, "Netflix and chill after housecleaning and laundry, of course."

Stephanie Egeland of Estherville said she was baking "fresh, hot cookies and hot chocolate for my shoveling crew."

Stacy Jo Christensen of Estherville was finishing apples from last fall.

School was cancelled, as well as activities on Friday and Saturday. Clinics and businesses closed.

Sunday morning, the bluster calmed and the sun came out. Today is scheduled to be sunny again, but there is a 40 percent chance of snow into Tuesday mixing with rain.



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