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Spring snow creates mess in eastern Iowa

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The calendar might say May, but a wintry mix of weather blanketed eastern Iowa Thursday. The calendar might say May, but a wintry mix of weather blanketed eastern Iowa Thursday.
The spring dose of snow is canceling a lot of plans and making it difficult for drivers not expecting to deal with snow this late in the season. The spring dose of snow is canceling a lot of plans and making it difficult for drivers not expecting to deal with snow this late in the season.
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The calendar might say May, but a wintry mix of weather blanketed eastern Iowa Thursday.

The spring dose of snow is canceling a lot of plans and making it difficult for drivers not expecting to deal with snow this late in the season.

Freezing rain fell hard Thursday morning near Waverly, followed by big snowflakes -- forcing drivers back into winter driving mode.

"The roads were kind of slick," said driver Matt Johnson of Allison.

The Iowa Department of Transportation's snowplows stayed busy, but it took extra time to get them road-ready for this spring snow.

"It was one of those things where yesterday, especially in the northern part of our district, they spent a lot of the day putting the snowplows back onto the trucks because they were pretty much stripped down into summer maintenance mode," said Pete Hjelmstad with the Iowa DOT. "But obviously, with the forecast, that had to change. Everybody got the plows out, and they're out on the roads now, trying to stay ahead of everything and keep the roads clean."

Wartburg College students couldn't believe their eyes.

"It just took me a second to realize that this is snow," said student Sam Langfritz. "This is actually happening right now."

"You know it's May -- May Term at Wartburg -- and we're trying to get outside and enjoy, and now we can't, obviously, so it's kind of a bummer." said student Tevin Lynd.

The arctic blast canceled a lot of other plans on a spring day, too.

"We were supposed to have a baseball game and that got canceled," Langfritz said. "May 2nd -- you wouldn't think we would snow out of a game, but what can you do I guess!"

While the snow day was no fun, Lynd says it could always be worse -- like it would be back in his hometown in Minnesota.

"The other day they had a huge snowstorm with two or three feet," Lynd said.

Now eastern Iowans will be even more grateful when warm weather returns -- as long as it sticks around.

"Hopefully it's summer time here pretty quick," said Johnson.

May snow seems crazy, but it's not unheard of.

Back in May 2005, some Iowa communities saw measurable snow, but not since 1967 has Iowa seen significant spring snowfall.

May blizzard conditions last blanketed the state in the 1940s.

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