Winter storm hits Marshalltown, prompts many considerations

The arrival of the much-anticipated snow storm has affected many facets of Marshalltown.

Dave and Doris Paul, of rural Gilman, went to Fareway Thursday afternoon to stock their home with food staples: eggs, milk, butter and bread.

“We usually get snowed in for a few days,” Doris said.

Both Fareway and Hy-Vee were busy Thursday afternoon. Ric Anderson, general manager of Hy-Vee, said his store got busy Monday night and stayed busy through Thursday.

“We call it snow storm busy,” he said. “We are fortunate [the snow] backed off until tonight. It gives everybody more of a chance to prepare.”

City and county officials have been busy preparing for the storm as well. The snow ordinance is in effect, meaning drivers need to keep snow routes clear so the Public Works Department can plow the streets or be issued a ticket and have their vehicle towed.

Street crews also began treating roads Wednesday and into Thursday morning to help snow melt as it accumulates.

Jeff Zogg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said accumulation should reach between 5 and 7 inches over the course of the storm. The snow should taper by Friday afternoon, with the heaviest of the snow falling overnight Thursday and into Friday morning.

Marshalltown will not be hit as hard as the south central and southwest part of the state, which will see between 8 and 10 inches of snow as the air moves to the northeast and picks up moisture, Zogg said.

Several area schools closed early Thursday and cancelled their evening activities in preparation for the storm.

Dave Thompson, owner of Thompson’s True Value, 109 S. Center St., said that the past few days his store has been flooded with customers. They are buying snow blower parts, shovels and ice melt – anything to help them get through the storm.

“People are preparing,” he said. “They have had a lot of advance warning on this storm.”

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputies who are set to work through the storm will have access to the office’s four-wheel drive trucks to help them better navigate the treacherous conditions and to assist citizens, said Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg.

Still, Tecklenburg said, police discourage unnecessary travel.

“Hunker in. Cook a pizza, and take it easy,” he said. “If you don’t have to be somewhere, don’t go out.”