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Winter slides into NW Iowa

By Staff | Nov 12, 2008

While the calendar clings to the notion November is an autumnal month, Veterans Day dawned as a gray and overcast winter morn on northwest Iowa, a veritable ice rink.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said it was a mere tenth of an inch of ice on the roadways/sidewalks causing tricky and treacherous travel.

Estherville Lincoln Central, Armstrong-Ringsted and other districts in the area canceled school due to slick conditions.

Traffic was light as many federal, state, city offices were closed for the national holiday. The motoring public escaped harm for the most part as only four accidents occurred in the morning.

Estherville Police reported a two-car accident occurred at 10:52 a.m. on Central Avenue and Second Street when a vehicle slid on the snow-packed street and continued beyond the stop sign. It struck an eastbound vehicle on Central Avenue.

An earlier accident at 10:04 a.m. in the parking lot at HyVee when a vehicle was entering the lot and struck an exiting auto. Police said the incident was caused by the driver of the first vehicle who did not remove the accumulated ice from his windshield.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Department noted a surface-related accident occurred on A34 at 380th Avenue at approximately 10 a.m. Another accident occurred in the alley near Dewey Street in Wallingford. Both incidents are under investigation.

Temperatures today should warm up to 35 degrees with cloudy conditions forecast for tonight. Rain and 40-degree temperatures are forecast for Thursday.