Webster City's official weather reporting station reported four and a half inches of snow accumulation through noon on Thursday.
Schools in Webster City, Stratford, Northeast and South Hamilton closed for the first major snowfall of the year. Sun dogs, a halo that appears due to atmospheric conditions, were visible as children enjoyed their day off with sledding at Brewer park in the evening.
Webster City declared a snow ordinance for the snowfall, which was predicted to total up to nine inches.
Sun dogs, halation that appeared around the sun, shine in the sky above the Boone River late Thursday afternoon.
Merchants and business owners in downtown Webster City were moving snow as customers began to venture out Thursday morning.
The shell of the old Hamilton Hospital was filled with a light snow and in the upper right portion of the photo is a sundog, an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.
City snow plows remove a winnow of snow on Bank Street Thursday morning. The snow ordinance which was put in place early Thursday morning, was cancelled by 2 p.m. Thursday.
The snowfall will provide a white Christmas for Hamilton County this year, but no snow is predicted in extended forecasts through next week.