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What were those weather woes?

May 8, 2013
By John Lloyd - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It may seem like a memory now but "record snowfall for May 3" is what the National Weather Service said about the white coating that covered the area last Thursday night and Friday morning.

Others had words ranging from "amazing" to unprintable in a family publication to describe what was a bit of an historic event.

Early on Friday morning the snow turned to sleet and then rain in the Toledo area.

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Toledo firefighters work to free a Union Pacific Railroad employee who was driving a company truck which rolled at the U.S. 30 Expressway entrance from U.S. 63 just before 9 a.m. on Friday, May 3. The driver was able to walk away once freed. Chronicle/John Speer

The Toledo Fire Department and Ambulance Service responded to three accident calls on the U.S. Highway 30 Expressway. Two involved vehicles in the ditch in the area of Montour but no injuries were reported. Montour Fire and First Responders were also summoned to the scenes.

A pickup truck driver appeared to escape serious injury just before 9 a.m. Friday at Toledo after being freed from the wreckage by Toledo firefighters.

Other reports of vehicles which had slid into ditches were received by the Tama County Sheriff's Office ranging from west of Iowa Highway 21 on Tama Cobnut Road E66 near Belle Plaine to in front of the Meskwaki Trading Post on the Expressway west of Toledo.

Two vehicles slid off Business Highway 30 on Toledo's west side. One was near the Deer Creek bridge and the second at Amwood Drive

The first of the "summer" Footloose Fridays on the Courthouse Square in downtown Toledo was cancelled due to the weather. The next Footloose Friday will be on June 7.

The Weather service predicted more rain through the weekend and a return to normal daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s into today.



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