It began as rain, followed by a few minutes of sleet and then became snow. That’s how the first winter storm blew into Southeast Iowa this morning. The weatherman was right on in his forecast. KILJ, an official weather observer for the National We
ather Service recorded almost 2 inches of rain before it changed to snow. The snow came quickly causing problems for drivers before 9 am. Schools cancelled classes early in anticipation of blizzard conditions. As the morning progressed high winds caused visibility problems. It has become difficult for law enforcment, emergency personel and tow trucks to reach vehicles that have slid off the roadways. Infact as of 11:30 a tow ban is in affect for Southeast Iowa. That means your vehicle will not be pulled out of the ditch until the weather situation improves. Mail delivery out of the Mt. Pleasant post office has been curailed. Area activities are being cancelled for the day and evening. Government offices including all the county offices at the court house are now closed and even businesses are shutting down for the rest of the day. Stay tuned to KILJ for weather related announcements and check this site for those announcements as well.