Snow-laden storm headed toward Iowa

A storm system that’s been talked about for days is finally making its way to the area, bringing with it several inches of snow.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Thursday as area residents prepare to dig out of another seasonal onslaught. While the storm doesn’t seem like it’s going to pack as much punch as originally feared, it appears the area could get 4 to 6 inches of snow, said Marshall County Emergency Management Coordinator Kim Elder.

“It looks like the wind is going to the big one,” Elder said. “As the storm moves there will be wind with it.”

As usual with these storms, area residents are advised to stay home as travel is expected to be treacherous.

“The main thing I encourage is staying off the roads,” Elder said.

Elder said the storm is expected to be a lighter snow so the risk of power lines being affected is less than if a wet, heavy snow was on its way. She said the wind is supposed to die down after the storm making conditions less dangerous when it moves out of the area.

Marshalltown City Engineer Lynn Couch said the trucks are ready to go and his department will be ready for the snow when it starts.

“We will probably put the snow ordinance in effect fairly early in the storm to give people fair warning for it,” Couch said.

Marshall County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt said even though the forecasts are backing down from the original snow totals, they are getting ready nonetheless and making preparations for a usual winter storm.

“It’s definitely got our attention,” he said.

For the county roads, the recent warm weather which has melted the leftover snow is a good thing, since there is now room for snow storage in the ditches, Geilenfeldt said.

Geilenfeldt also said a late season storm is preferred since there’s a good chance the snow won’t stick around for too long and warmer weather is hopefully on the way.