Story County residents woke up Monday morning to a layer of ice covering the ground and any vehicles parked outside. That ice was quickly covered by several inches of fluffy snow by early morning as a large system of precipitation moved across the state.
Snowfall that started at approximately 8 a.m. dumped as much as 3 inches of snow in Story County by 10 a.m.
The Huxley Police Department reported there were no weather-related accidents despite the weather. Sergeant Gerry Stoll said with many businesses closed in observation of Presidents’ Day and Ballard schools having a scheduled teacher in-service day, there were less people on the roads Monday morning. Those who were out on the roads exhibited "very mild-mannered driving."
"We were really lucky," Stoll said of the lack of accidents.
The Story County Sheriff’s Office also reported no accidents due to the weather.
As a result of the incliment weather and road conditions, Collins-Maxwell and North Polk schools called off classes for the day.
By midday, much of the snow and ice had turned to slush and road conditions had improved greatly. Sunny skies quickly increased temperatures, which had remained in the mid-20s throughout the early morning hours. A high of 41 degrees was reached by 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Highs in the 40s and 50s Tuesday and Wednesday were followed by much colder temperatures and forecasted freezing rain and a rain/snow mix for Wednesday night into Thursday. Blowing snow is expected for Thursday night with a low in the teens to lower 20s. High temperatures for the weekend are expected to be in the mid-20s to mid-30s. A slight chance of snow is forecasted for Friday night.