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Two decades of snowfall: History of Eastern Iowa


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Eastern Iowans are certainly no strangers to wintry weather.  In the past 20 years, there have been several storms that brought more than 10 inches of snow.

December 3, 1990 - 15 inches in Dubuque and snow blowers struggled to keep up.

A January storm in 1996 was one of the worst in 20 years, 17 inches of snow falling in Waukon.

Two-thirds of the January snowfall in 1999 came down in just the first three days of the year. Burlington alone received 17 and a half inches of snow in that storm.

December 11, 2000 was a start to what would become one of the snowiest winters in Iowa history.  10 inches fell in Cedar Rapids, Waverly and many other areas.

In 2007, it was not snow, but ice that crippled much of the state.  Inch-thick ice patches were common, with some reports up to near two inches.  180,000 people lost power.

The third highest snowfall on record for Iowa happened December 8-9, 2009.  People in Belle Plaine had to shovel 16 inches.  It was the start of a winter characterized by frequent snowfalls and persistent deep snow pack.

More information about weather history can be found on Schnack's Blog on the Weather page.

At the end of 2010, a Christmas Eve storm brought ten inches of snow to Waterloo.  Eastern Iowa averages between 30 and 35 inches of snowfall every year.

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