Late winter storm gives locals a snowy holiday no one dreamed of

Snowfall accumulations reached 15 inches in parts of the Rockwell area, and city employees worked tirelessly through the day to keep roads clear. JACK ZIMMERMAN|THE PIONEER ENTERPRISE

It's nice to dream of a white Christmas. The holiday season romanticizes snow; it's still early in the winter, commuters haven't spent months trudging through the slush and spray to work yet, and Iowa's cornfields are covered in a pristine and untouched blanket of snow.

However, the whopping 14-17.5 inches that were dumped on the Franklin and Cerro Gordo County areas last weekend has many locals feeling disgruntled, as the blizzard's aftermath likely won't be melted in time to sprinkle Easter eggs on the lawn and dress the children in their new springtime clothes. Despite the massive about of snow that fell in a very brief amount of time, city and county employees have been working around the clock to clear roadways and assist the communities in returning to normal life.

Jay Siefken, Public Works Director for the City of Rockwell, felt that the cleanup in his jurisdiction went very well.

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