On This Day in Iowa Weather History
1977: Moderate snowfall on December 8-9 was followed by strong winds that brought bitterly cold temperatures and blizzard conditions across about the eastern two thirds of Iowa through the 10th. Reported snowfall totals on the 8th-9th ranged up to 6.0 inches at Allison, Manchester, and Vinton, 7.0 inches at Dubuque and Oelwein, and 8.0 inches at Guttenberg. As the snow ended temperatures fell below zero and winds gusted to as high as 50 mph producing dangerous wind chills as low as -70 F. The winds also broke power lines and blew snow into drifts as deep as 10 feet, closing roads and stranding motorists across the region.
1970: A winter storm produced heavy snow across northern Iowa on December 10-11 with reported amounts including 10.2 inches at Sheldon, 10.5 inches at Emmetsburg, 11.0 inches at Clarion and Northwood, 12.0 inches at Osage, 13.5 inches at Cresco, and 15.0 inches at Mason City.
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The "On This Day in Iowa Weather History" feature contains some memorable weather events and trivia from the early 1800's to the present day for Iowa. Many sources were used to research and compile the data and the above information may represent official, unofficial, or estimated values. As noteworthy weather events occur, they will be added to the database.