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Beware of Snohawks

February 20, 2014 - Brett Van Waus
They take over the streets. They grow in cold weather. Snow feeds them. If the Marshalltown streets had a winter hair style it would be a mohawk, or as Wes Burns coined the phrase, a Snohawk. Snohawks are the piles of snow in the center of the streets. The yellow lines on the road is its home. The more snow, the taller the Snohawk, which can make driving hard. Here’s a hypothetical situation. If someone drives a tiny car, such as a Volkswagen New Beetle, then makes a turn and skids from the ice, the car could get stuck in a Snohawk, in the middle of the street. To add insult to injury, the driver would then have to pay about $70 to get it towed, that’s no fun. We are blessed to have a city that does a good job of shaving the Snohawks within a couple days after the snowfall. But lately it seems a little longer than a couple days, only because the Iowa weather seems to have a cold and has been sneezing out random snowfalls. Until they are fully trimmed, then shaved, stay cautious of the Snohawk.



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