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April Showers or Snow Showers

April 12, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

"April showers bring May flowers."

Little blue scilla are showing their blooms. A day or two of warm Spring weather helped bring their little faces out in the open. The tulips are budding, too.

Friends and neighbors have been out in their yards picking up sticks and raking up last Fall's leaves. The road to the tree dump has been fairly busy as drivers navigate the soft spots in the road, a remnant of river flooding. It's Spring!

At this writing, the weather is starting to change. Cloudy skies threaten to bring a little rain. All that can change in no time - so don't put that snow shovel away for the season just yet.

Monday we heard dire predictions of snow for Wednesday night and Thursday. From one source we heard the possibility of 7 inches, from another we heard a prediction of 23 inches of snow. Yet another forecast says the snow will go north of Palo Alto County and we will be seeing mostly rain. It all depends on how the storm is tracking. By the time you read this, we'll have our answer.

April snow storms are not unusual. If you ask Emmetsburg Public Works Director Frank Kliegl, he can tell you exactly how many inches of show we received a year ago this month.

To tell the truth, I've been caught in several April snow storms. Iowa Press Women holds its annual meeting every April. When active in that group, traveling partner Dorothy Muckey (from Algona) and I would head out across the state to the meeting. It seemed no matter where the meeting was held, it would take us most of the day to get there. Sometimes it rained and sometimes it snowed.

Dorothy was a great (and unpredictable) traveling partner. Driving down the highway, if she saw a house or farm or church that interested her, we would zip right up to the front door to see if anyone was home.

One April, we traveled to Bettendorf for the Spring Iowa Press Women meeting. It was a great meeting and so fun to see newspaper friends from all over Iowa. We had all traveled to the southeast corner of the state, only to head out on Sunday into an April snow storm. The farther we drove, the heavier the snow came down. As we came into Algona, we were plowing through many inches of heavy, wet snow.

Needless to say, I stayed the night in Algona and headed to Emmetsburg on Monday morning after the highways were cleared. What a crazy weekend that was.

The best thing about April snow - it won't last long! So, if you are looking out the window at a snow filled yard as you read this - it should melt tomorrow (or the next day).



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