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First Taste of Winter

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Saturday Storm Dumps Snow On Heartland

Officially, winter is still more than two months away.

It didn’t look that way Saturday morning, however, as snowfall blanketed portions of Nebraska, Iowa and other upper plains states.

Snowfall totals varied in southwest Iowa from a trace to more than four inches. Some areas of Mills County received up to two inches.

Some stretches of central and western Nebraska received more than 15 inches of snow, forcing the closure of Interstate 80 and other state and county highways.

The wet, wintry precipitation created slick road conditions in Mills County and western Iowa Saturday morning, but warm ground conditions and rising

temperatures through the weekend allowed most of the the snow to melt away by Sunday. Temperatures remained cooler than normal on Monday.