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Local schools, businesses close doors due to weather

January 21, 2010

A major winter ice storm hit Central Iowa Wednesday which resulted in cancellations at Central Iowa schools and some closings of area businesses.

In Marshalltown, several downtown businesses did not open or posted "closed due to weather" signs.

Public, parochial and private school closings were reported between 5:13 and 6:30 a.m. At 5:47 a.m. the Marshalltown Community School District announced classes had been canceled. Also closed were AGWSR, Ames, BCLUW , East Marshall, GMG, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Iowa Valley Continuing Education, Marshalltown Community College and West Marshall schools.

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An ice storm early Wednesday morning resulted in hazardous driving conditions, school cancellations throughout Central Iowa and some business closings. Pictured is a sign on the front door of The Chalet, a Main Street Marshalltown business. The Perfect Setting placed a sign to let shoppers know it was open.

At 12 noon and 3 p.m., Marshalltown's usually busy downtown streets were relatively quiet. The Chalet and New 2 U, two Main Street businesses, had posted signs stating they were closed due to the weather but would re-open weather permitting or as soon as possible.

The Headliner Salon Spa and Gifts and The Perfect Setting, both on Main Street, were open for business.

"We have not had too many cancellations," staff person Shawna Herrman of The Headliner said.

Most downtown restaurants were also open for business as were banks and grocery stores.

Central Iowans will not get much relief from precipitation in the next several days. The National Weather Service's Web site reported a chance of freezing drizzle Thursday night and a chance of freezing rain Friday night. Rain is likely, with thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night. There is a 40 percent chance of rain or snow Sunday with a 30 percent chance of snow on Monday.


Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or



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