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Snow storm

Humpty Dumpty appears to supervise Jim Gribben, left, and Joe Hickey as they remove slush and snow from the sidewalk in front of First Citizens Bank in downtown Mason City on Monday. 

MASON CITY | A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to persist in North Iowa through Monday night, forecasters say.

Rain, mixed with snow, is possible this afternoon, along with patchy fog, according to the National Weather Service. Mason City received about 1.5 inches of snow by 12:30, forecasters said, with 1 to 2 more inches expected. 

Wind speeds will be around 22 to 24 mph, gusting as high as 34 mph. Patchy blowing snow is possible after 10 p.m.

It will be chilly Monday night, with a low of 20 degrees and wind chill values as low as 10. Winds are expected between 22 to 25 mph, gusting as high as 36 mph. 

Early Tuesday, forecasters say snow and freezing rain is possible before 3 a.m., with a slight chance of snow between 3 and 5 a.m. Forecasters say less than a tenth of an inch of ice and less than a half-inch of snow is possible. 

Tuesday is predicted to be cold and blustery, with a high of 23 and low of 15. Winds are expected to be between 9 to 17 mph, gusting as high as 28 mph. 

Wind chill values will be as low as minus 5. 


MASON CITY | Mason City schools announced early dismissals as snowfall intensified Monday morning. 

Mason City Schools are dismissing at 1 p.m., and Newman Catholic at 1:20 p.m. NIACC will close at 12:10 p.m.

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The Floyd County Sheriff's Office around noon said visibility was less than a half-mile in the county. This semi jackknifed west of Rudd. 

Roads in North Iowa were 100 percent snow and ice-covered, according to Iowa State Patrol Public Resource Officer Keith Duenow. 

Visibility was limited to one-fourth to one-half mile at times, with blowing and drifting snow, Duenow tweeted around 11:30 a.m. 

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The Iowa State Patrol around 11:30 a.m. said roads in North Iowa are 100 percent snow- and ice-covered. 

Morning rain gave way to large snowflakes and dangerous roads late Monday morning.

The storm is predicted to dump more than a foot of snow in some areas of North Iowa.

As of Monday morning, the National Weather service predicted about an inch of snow for Mason City. The area seemed to reach that mark within about a half an hour of snowfall without slowing down.

A blizzard warning included Kossuth and Winnebago counties; a winter storm warning covered Hancock and Worth counties; advisories were issued for Cerro Gordo, Mitchell, Howard and Wright counties; and the NWS didn't anticipate more than lighter rain and snow in Floyd, Franklin and Butler counties.

The Kossuth County Sheriff's Department around noon said it was not recommending travel, as white-out conditions were occurring and a tow ban was in place. 

Schools in Algona, Forest City, Britt, Northwood, Manly, Lake Mills and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura closed Monday in anticipation of the storm. Others that didn't close dismissed classes early.

Alternate side parking will go into effect at 7 p.m. Monday in Mason City and be in effect until further notice.


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A potent storm that is predicted to dump more than 1 foot of snow in some parts of Iowa dropped steady rain Monday morning ahead of the white stuff later in the day.

The advisories from the National Weather Service illustrated the storm's expected path.

A blizzard warning included Kossuth and Winnebago counties; a winter storm warning covered Hancock and Worth counties; advisories were issued for Cerro Gordo, Mitchell, Howard and Wright counties; and the NWS didn't anticipate more than lighter rain and snow in Floyd, Franklin and Butler counties.

Schools in Algona, Forest City, Britt, Northwood, Manly, Lake Mills and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura closed Monday in anticipation of the storm.

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