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1904: A major winter storm struck much of Iowa from the afternoon of December 26th through the 27th and into the 28th. At first the precipitation fell as sleet and freezing rain, then it changed over to snow with strong winds producing blizzard conditions and blowing the snow into deep drifts making travel impossible. The heaviest snow fell across portions of southwestern, central, and northeastern Iowa with reported storm total accumulations of 10.0 inches at Mason City and Mount Ayr, 10.3 inches at Marshalltown, 11.0 inches at Cedar Rapids, 12.0 inches at Des Moines, and 15.0 inches at New Hampton. Many observers in northern Iowa noted the storm as the worst in more than 20 years. At Hanlontown in Worth County drifts more than 10 feet deep were reported with visibility less than 60 feet at times. The roads were blocked for several days after the storm across most of the state.

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