1995: A winter storm produced heavy snow across portions of far eastern and southeastern Iowa. The snow was accompanied by thunderstorms at times and gusty winds blew and drifted the snow making travel difficult across the area. The highest reported snowfall amounts included 10.0 inches at Fort Madison and Wapello, 11.0 inches at Keokuk, 11.3 inches at LeClaire, 13.4 inches at Clinton, and 15.1 inches at the Quad Cities.
1904: A heavy storm of sleet and freezing rain struck the southern third of Iowa on January 19-20, roughly along and south of the modern Interstate 80 corridor all the way from Clarinda and Creston eastward through Des Moines and areas to the south and over to Mount Vernon and Wilton in the east. There was severe damage to trees, plants, and utility poles and wires throughout this portion of the state and the storm ushered in two weeks of very cold weather that prevented the ice from melting until early February. At Corydon the thickness of the ice was 0.75 inches while at Indianola it was 1.3 inches. At Leon lightning and thunder were observed while sleet was falling. Several stations noted that travel was virtually impossible on the icy surface, whether for wagons or pedestrians.
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This post was written by Schnack on January 19, 2013