Winter Storm Bruce pummels area

During the worst of the snowstorm, snowfall rates of two to three inches per hours were common.

Sigourney, Iowa- Weather forecasters had said for the past few days that the first major snowfall event of the season could happen right in the middle of our Thanksgiving break. By Saturday evening November 24, a snow emergency had been declared by Mayor Doug Glandon, and most of southern and southeast Iowa was under a Winter Storm Warning. Forecasters, were calling for five to nine inches of snow, with the totals increasing gradually in southeast Iowa. 

            By mid-afternoon on November 25, it was clear that Mahaska and Keokuk counties had taken a direct hit from Winter Storm Bruce, with the entire area being upgraded to a Blizzard Warning, as strong winds and snow fall rates of two to three inches per hour combined together to make a treacherous situation.

            Reports from the National Weather Service appeared to show Oskaloosa receiving snowfall in the state, and perhaps one of the highest amounts of snowfall in the entire multi-state snow storm. Reports from the national weather service showed Oskaloosa receiving 17 inches of snow. Further to the east in Sigourney, a Co-Op weather observer reported 13 inches of snow on the south side of town, while another Co-Op observer on the far north side of Sigourney reported 12 inches of snow.

For more on this story and others, catch the November 28 edition of the News-Review.