The Ottumwa Courier

Blizzard of 2011

February 1, 2011

Southeast Iowa slammed by storm

OTTUMWA — A massive winter storm is causing businesses to close and cities to enact emergency measures across southeast Iowa.

The storm is expected to drop a foot or more of snow over much of the area. Centerville and Ottumwa have both enacted snow emergency measures. In Ottumwa, that means no parking on snow routes and restrictions on parking for the rest of the city. In Centerville, drivers may not park on any city street between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Drivers who were on the roads faced slick conditions even before the snow picked up Tuesday. A light glaze from freezing drizzle Monday evening and a thin layer of snow made stopping a challenge. Accidents sent several people to the hospital in Ottumwa.

The storm is expected to intensify over southeast Iowa in the afternoon and evening hours. The worst of the storm is expected to arrive Tuesday night, as heavy snow and strong winds arrive. A blizzard warning remains in effect for the entire area through noon Wednesday.

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  • Facebook 3.jpg Southeast Iowa reactions to the storm

    We asked area residents to send in what they think they will remember about the Blizzard of 2011. Here are their comments.

    February 3, 2011 12 Photos

  • Stuck in snow Free snow; you haul

    Citizens are maintaining good cheer and their sense of humor during the blizzard cleanup.

    February 4, 2011 2 Photos

  • Good neighbors Southeast Iowa digs out

    Good neighbors helped clear Ottumwa sidewalks after Tuesday and Wednesday's blizzard dumped about 10.5 inches around town.

    February 3, 2011 1 Photo

  • Information Officer City’s snow crews focus on recovery

    Schools, some businesses and many roads remained closed Wednesday as road crews continued to dig Ottumwa and southeast Iowa out from 12-straight hours of blizzard conditions.

    February 3, 2011 1 Photo

  • ‘How are the roads?’

    One of the top winter weather questions has a mixed answer for Ottumwa.

    February 3, 2011

  • Winter storm crash Blizzard blankets heartland

    Forecasters say blizzard conditions overnight mean snow totals between 13-21 inches for the Ottumwa area by this morning, so officials recommend drivers go slow today and, if possible, avoid driving completely.

    February 2, 2011 1 Photo

  • Downtown empty Businesses struggle against storm’s wrath

    Some businesses make sure they stay open because bad weather is when their customers need them most.

    February 2, 2011 1 Photo

  • Downtown drivers.tif Southeast Iowa slammed by storm

    A huge storm blanketing almost a third of the country has southeast Iowa squarely in its sights. Story includes two reader-submitted photos.

    February 1, 2011 3 Photos

  • Busy gas station Monster winter storm on its way

    Two round of ice and snow are predicted to slam southeast Iowa and much of the Midwest this week. The combination of heavy snow and winds of 25-30 mph will have major impacts.

    February 1, 2011 1 Photo

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