What began Wednesday afternoon as rain, turned to sleet and then a heavy, wet snow overnight, dumping 6 inches of snow in Humboldt County.
The combination of ice and wet snow caused many budding, mature trees to snap under the weight and also broke power lines and poles.
At 11 a.m. on Thursday, the Midland Power web site was reporting 113 Humboldt County customers without power, 234 in Kossuth County and 396 in Pocahontas County. MidAmerican Energy was reporting 75 customers without power in Humboldt County with more than 100 in Pocahontas County and nearly 100 in Kossuth County. Electrical crews were trying to restore power Thursday, due to the freak winter blast.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office issued a nixle alert Thursday morning, urging citizens to be extremely cautious due to the large amount of downed trees and power lines.
The city of Humboldt announced Thursday that because of the overnight storm, crews will be picking up branches and brush beginning Monday, May 13. People should have their brush curbside by 6 a.m. on that date. Limbs and branches must be cut shorter than seven feet long and less than 6 inches in diameter. Any questions should be directed to Humboldt City Hall at 332-3435.
All schools in the area were closed for the day, including Humboldt, St. Mary’s, Gilmore City-Bradgate and Twin Rivers. Humboldt school administrators report it being the first May school closing in their memory due to winter weather.
The winter weather was expected to hang around for awhile, as the National Weather Service forecasts a 100 percent chance of precipitation Thursday with a wintery mix rain/sleet/snow likely Thursday night and Friday, before changing to rain on Friday evening. Highs are expected in the upper 30s on Thursday and Friday with lows about freezing or slightly above.