Wind + snow = hazardous travel

Schools close Thursday; bitter wind chill conditions expected to continue Friday

-Daily Freeman Journal photo by Joe Sutter
Water is still running under the bridge in Brewer Creek as ice forms on the surface Thursday afternoon.

Schools cancelled and motorists had to drive with extra caution as snow fell across the county Thursday morning.

After a short thaw last week, it seems winter has returned, and Webster City should expect more snow over the weekend and into next week, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik.

“Snowfall amounts — It’s been a widespread 1 to 2 inches,” Podrazik said from the Des Moines office. “We had one 4-inch report in Dennison at 10 a.m.

“Most of it has just been blowing.”

The observer in Hamilton County reported 1 inch of snow as well, he said. Wind chill was significant.

-Daily Freeman Journal photo illustration by Joe Sutter
Snow blankets the grounds and trees in Brewer Creek park in this image made from multiple photos.

“Mostly everything is in the 15 to 25 below zero range,” he said. “Webster City has been reporting 39 mph gusts.”

Wind chills were projected to be 25 to 35 below by this morning, Podrazik said, though wind should start to die down throughout the day.

” It looks like by sunset tomorrow wins should weaken quite a bit,” he said on Thursday. “We’ve got a high pressure moving in, so temperatures are going to drop to right around 6, 7 below.”

Snowfall for late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon is projected to be 2-3 inches for the area, but with less wind, Podrazik added.

“Wind with that doesn’t look as bad, 10-15 out of the east, northeast,” he said. “Nothing like what we’re getting today.

-Daily Freeman Journal photo by Joe Sutter
Aaron Rider, manager of the Webster Theater, clears away snow in front of the downtown cinema after the worst of the snow had stopped falling Thursday afternoon.

“It will remain a pretty active pattern.”

Webster City schools will have a two-hour late start on Friday.

-Daily Freeman Journal photo by Joe Sutter
The Boulevard of Valor is covered in snow Thursday afternoon along Des Moines Street, next to the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School and Webster City Middle School.

-Daily Freeman Journal photo by Joe Sutter
Ethan John Cushman shovels the walk Thursday afternoon along Des Moines Street.

-Daily Freeman Journal photo illustration by Joe Sutter
Brewer Creek Park is seen as snow continues to fall Thursday afternoon.