1995: A very sharp cold front crossed Iowa on December 8th, entering the far northwest around 7 am and moving into Illinois by 6 pm. Temperatures dropped by 10 degrees in 10 minutes at some locations and locally heavy snow overnight combined with northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph to produce periods of whiteout conditions in some areas. Generally 3 to 6 inches of snow fell statewide with the heaviest snow falling in a band extending from western through central and into southeastern Iowa with 6 inch totals reported at Audubon, Carroll, Corning, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Jefferson, Newton, and Sac City and 6.5 inches falling at Indianola. Behind the front bitterly cold air streamed into the state accompanied by strong northwest winds producing wind chills of -30 to -50 F at many locations overnight and through the day on the 9th. On the morning of the 9th temperatures bottomed out at -17 F at Atlantic and Leon and Estherville recorded a wind chill minimum of -58 F. During the afternoon temperatures rose only into the single digits above zero statewide, then once again fell below zero across virtually all of Iowa on the morning of the 10th.
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This post was written by Schnack on December 9, 2012