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Rare to See Measurable Snowfall Twice in October

Another round of snow is on the way.

It’s pretty rare to see two measurable rounds of snow before Halloween. It’s been more than two decades since we’ve seen this much snow this early in the season – the last time was in 1997, when we had two-point-two inches on October 26th and then two-point-nine inches the following day on October 27th.

Anthony Bardgett, who serves as the county engineer for Delaware and Dubuque counties, says he’s been in the business for sixteen years and he doesn’t recall snow like this October.

Bardgett says the counties’ trucks were out early yesterday morning hitting the roads and putting down material to melt the snow and ice. He says the first snowfall didn’t seem to cause too many problems – it mostly just a nuisance for many drivers. But if this means winter has arrived early, it could be a long five or six months.

But Meteorologist John Haase at the National Weather Service says winter may be here to stay.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Delaware, Dubuque, Jones and Linn counties from 7 pm Wednesday through 1 pm Thursday, with 2 to 4 inches of snow predicted.


photos courtesy of Amy Bennett and Elizabeth Flesher

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