WATERLOO — The metro area received 6 inches of new snow Thursday night into Friday, with another dusting Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The northern half of the state appeared to take the brunt of the storm, according to Weather Service snowfall totals. Snow totals ranged from 3.8 in Cresco to 7 inches in Stanley on the Fayette-Buchanan county line. Waterloo-Cedar Falls had one of the higher snowfall totals in the region, matched by New Hampton. Lesser totals were recorded across the central part of the state.
The storm cleanup was expected to continue through Monday, and officials appealed to the public to help them in that effort.
Cedar Falls Fire Chief John Bostwick asked residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants.
“They should clear a path from the street to the hydrant about three feet wide,” Bostwick said. “The area around the hydrant should be cleared for an area of 3 feet in all directions around the hydrant. This simple task can save firefighters minutes in the event of a fire.”
Waterloo Fire Chief Pat Treloar also asked residents “to pay special attention to hydrants that are plowed in, as those hydrants are hard for us to locate and use.”
In order to clear snow off streets, beginning 7 a.m. Monday Cedar Falls Police will begin ticketing all snowed-in vehicles clearly in violation of the 48-hour on-street parking limit ordinance. Any vehicle not moved within 24 hours after receiving the citation will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Police also reminded residents to clear abutting sidewalks of snow and ice in accordance with city ordinance. Violators can be fined and charged for the clearing of their sidewalks if not completed after a snowfall.
Waterloo’s downtown snow cleanup will begin at 7 tonight. All vehicles parked on downtown streets must be moved. Free parking is available in any of the downtown parking ramps until 7 a.m. Monday morning and under the U.S. Highway 218 overpass. Vehicles left unattended after the business area is closed will be towed.
The National Weather Service forecast cold but mostly drier weather for most of the next week for Waterloo-Cedar Falls. Some addition snowfall was expected in central and eastern Iowa along Interstate 80 in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.
Waterloo police responded to seven traffic accidents over 12 hours starting about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the department’s calls-for-service report. Most happened between 5:20 and 8 p.m. Initial police reports showed these were no major injuries.
Accidents occurred at Falls and University avenues, Dale Street and Logan Avenue, U.S. Highway 218 near Fifth Street, Crossroads Boulevard and Sixth Street and Franklin Avenue.
Cedar Falls police reported nine accidents from 5 p.m. Thursday through noon Friday. One was a personal injury accident at the interchange Iowa Highway 58 and U.S. Highway 218, resulting in one person being transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injury. Two accidents were hit and run.
Most streets in both Waterloo and Cedar Falls were cleared by Friday evening.
Tony Pauley, operations supervisor at the Waterloo Street Department, said the biggest challenge was the traffic downtown, with the Iowa Operators of Music and Amusements state dart tournament going on through today at The Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.