Wintry weather comes to Gateway area

Jacqueline Covey/Clinton HeraldDitas Sturtz, of Clinton, sweeps snow off the sidewalk during Monday’s snowstorm.

CLINTON — Clinton County on Monday was placed under a winter weather advisory, with 6 inches of snow anticipated.

From noon to 8 p.m. Monday, the winter weather advisory brought the expectation of cold, ice and snow to Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Motorists may have experienced reduced visibility at times due to heavy snowfall.

The city of Clinton also declared a snow emergency effective until 7 a.m. Wednesday. Vehicles violating calendar parking will be ticketed or towed.

Accumulationand Road Conditions

Up until late afternoon Monday, new snow accumulation reached around 2 to 3 inches, with a 5 to 10 mph south wind. Into the night, the chance of the snow remained near 100 percent throughout the county, with little to no accumulation expected in the evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Road temperatures dropped from 17 to 10 degrees, and air temperature dropped from 12 to 9 degrees. Though wind speeds held steady, the temperature dropped from -1 during the day to about -17 degrees.

Safety

Winter storms generally have significant precipitation with dropped temperatures. Freezing rain or snow can fall for hours, impacting travel and outdoor exposure time.

To prepare, the Department of Homeland Security suggests insulating the home to keep the cold out, locating the water shut-off valve in case of a pipe burst and keeping an emergency kit with jumper cables, a phone charger and a blanket in the car and home.

Closures

The Prince of Peace, Clinton, Camanche, River Bend, Unity Christian, Easton Valley and Northeast school districts released students at least two hours early. The YWCA children’s center also was releasing children two hours early. Most afternoon activities were cancelled, as well as afternoon preschool.

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