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Recent Dangerous Weather

Madeline Lamson

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Last week we had some dangerous weather with an ice storm and a chance of snowfall. It started on Sunday, January 15th and lasted until late Monday night into early Tuesday morning. A lot of schools, businesses, charities, and daycares closed their doors on Monday due to slippery road conditions in the tristate area.Winter Storm Jupiter killed at least seven as the dangerous system moved through the Plains and Midwest with freezing rain and accumulating ice. Four deaths have been confirmed due to icy road conditions in Missouri, while two died in Kansas and one was killed in Oklahoma. Emergency management officials said sixty-five people were hurt in Oklahoma during the storm, and most of those injuries were falls. Roads in the Midwest and Plains remained icy into the week, and schools were closed or delayed as crews continued working to make highways and streets safe for travel. Winter Storm Jupiter also hit hard in the Northwest with enormous amounts of snow that led to collapsing roofs and triggered avalanches in the Rockies. Late Jan. 15 into January 16th, Fairbury, Nebraska, saw up to three quarters of an inch of ice, which caused broken tree limbs and power outages. One-third of an inch of ice accumulation was observed in Grand Island and Hastings, Nebraska. Ice accumulations were generally less in the upper Midwest compared to the damaging amounts we saw in the Plains during the weekend. Waterloo, Iowa, received a quarter of an inch of ice, while Des Moines picked up 0.20 inches. Up to 0.20 inches of ice was also measured in Wisconsin, with a tenth of an inch being reported in parts of Lower Michigan. Using ice melt on the sidewalks and staying off the roads can reduce accidents and keep people safe.

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