Initial Target: Clear Lake, IA
Storm Intercepts: Clear Lake, IA
Features: Heavy snow, blizzard conditions
Summary: HUGE snowflakes, heavy snow
Northern Iowa was the target area for our first significant snowstorm of 2017. Zach and I were out covering the story for WeatherNation, KCCI and KGAN TV. We left Des Moines in early afternoon, targeting North Central Iowa that evening. As we trekked northward, snow began to fall and conditions deteriorated quickly. Zach and I concentrated on the Clear Lake / Mason City area. There were several vehicle accidents in the area. It was slick, and snow accumulated rapidly. We did several live hits for KCCI News, and did a broadcast to WeatherNation from the beautiful town square in Clear Lake, quiet and white with the newly fallen snow.
Of note: At one point we saw snowflakes the size of silver dollars, and during our drive home I witnessed the most intense snowfall I had ever seen. We could not see 50 feet in front of us.