1961: The second winter storm in a week struck Iowa on December 16-17 producing heavy snow across the northwest and snow, sleet, and freezing rain further southeast. Snowfall accumulations in northwestern Iowa ranged up to 7.0 inches at Estherville, 7.5 inches at Lake Park and Sibley, and 8.1 inches at Sioux Rapids. The snow and ice made travel nearly impossible across much of the state and numerous traffic accidents resulted from the adverse conditions. This was only one of several winter storms during an active month that would finish as the snowiest December on record at several Iowa locations, although not in statewide average.
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This post was written by Schnack on December 17, 2012