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1898: A winter storm affected most of Iowa with the most significant effects being felt in the east. At Clinton precipitation began as rain then changed to snow at about noon with winds becoming strong from the northeast. The snow fell very heavily but much of it melted as it came down due to surface temperatures remaining above freezing, otherwise accumulations would have been considerably higher. By evening temperatures had fallen below the freezing point allowing more snow to accumulate and the water on all exposed surfaces to freeze. As a result of the ice and heavy wet snow many trees and utility poles and wires were downed across the area. Very low visibilities and blizzard conditions were observed at Albia, Amana, Clinton, and Wapello where 3.0 inches of snow was measured. Other reported snowfall amounts included 2.0 inches at Keosauqua, 4.0 inches at Amana, and 6.0 inches at Olin and Ovid.

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