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Wintery mix causes school closing in Lee County, Iowa


By the looks of the roads at 10:00 a.m. in Fort Madison on Wednesday, you might be confused and think it was spring. 

But it was before the majority of the snow starting falling within the hour.

Lee County Engineer Ernest Steffensmeier said his crews were already out on the roads by 7:00 a.m. spreading salt.

"No matter if there is an inch of snow or four inches of snow, you still gotta go out and do the paved roads, no matter what," said Steffensmeier. 

No matter the amount, officials with the Fort Madison school district had already made the decision to close schools, a decision some parents like, Jared Siefken say was a good idea.

"I would rather error on the side of caution then to have the children get hurt in a wreck on the way to school," said Siefken. 

Siefken said having his kids out of school didn't really put a wrench in his plans.

"They just go with us. We came to the YMCA to work out, and there are plenty of activities for them to do here so we just brought them with us," said Siefken. 

But Bill Yaley who was also at the YMCA playing basketball with his grandson Austin, said the roads really weren't bad enough to close school.

"Yeah, they probably could have went this morning," said Yaley. 

But Yaley said it was a good excuse to bond with his grandson.

"Bring them over and let them shoot some baskets, probably go eat lunch together when we're done," said Yaley. 

Steffensmeier said his crews will continue to be out on the roads all day to make sure everyone is safe because roads could get worse.

"You've got blowing snow, so it is going to stick more, accumulate more on the roadway cause of the blowing snow and the wet pavement," said Steffenmeier. 

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