Snow emergencies in effect for most of Southern Iowa

The snow has finally stopped.  A blizzard hit southeast Iowa Sunday (11/25) with the Oskaloosa area heaviest hit.  The National Weather Service says 17 inches of snow fell in Oskaloosa, with 16 in University Park, 15 inches in Bussey, 14 inches south of Knoxville, 12 inches of snow in Sigourney, 11-point-6 inches northeast of Blakesburg and 11 inches in Albia.

Road crews have been busy plowing the streets around the region.  Roads may still be a bit slippery, so give yourself extra travel time.  The Iowa DOT says Highway 63 North of New Sharon is in seasonable driving condition, but south of New Sharon to the Missouri state line, Highway 63 is snow-covered. Also, Highway 163 from Oskaloosa to Monroe is snow-covered; Highway 92 from west of Oskaloosa to Keota is snow-covered; Highway 22 between Wellman and Thornburg is snow-covered; Highway 21 south of Thornburg is snow-covered; and Highway 34 from Ottumwa going west is snow-covered, with 34 east of Ottumwa being partially covered.

Meanwhile, a Snow Emergency remains in effect for Oskaloosa until further notice.  That means no on-street parking until the roads are cleared.  And Pella has a Snow Ordinance in effect; vehicles parked on a city street, alley or parking lot may be ticketed.

And several area schools are closed today: Oskaloosa, Albia, Cardinal-Eldon, Centerville, Chariton closed with no evening activities.  EBF, Knoxville, Melcher-Dallas, Ottumwa—including Seton Catholic closed. Pekin, Tri-County, Twin Cedars closed with no evening activities.  No classes today at William Penn University.  Indian Hills Community College is now closed at all locations.  Buena Vista University in Ottumwa is also closed today.

North Mahaska and Pella will both start two hours late with no morning preschool.

Also the Oskaloosa Senior Center is closed today.  Peek-A-Boo Point Child Care Center is closed.  No home-delivered meals today from the Albia Leisure Lounge.  The Christian Opportunity Center in Oskaloosa is closed.  All locations of River Hills Community Health Center will open at 11am.  And the Ottumwa Public Library will open at noon today, with today’s Music and Movement class cancelled.

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