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Power outages, travel limitations, tow bands prevalent in massive March storm

KIMT photo. Sidewalks in Mason City show the significant snowfall that hit the area Saturday.

More than 5,000 were without power Saturday, and the amount of snow for some eclipsed a foot.

Posted: Mar 24, 2018 6:45 AM
Updated: Mar 24, 2018 1:21 PM

Power was out for many north Iowa residents and some agencies advised no travel. This March storm packed a punch.

According to the Alliant Energy outage map, there were more than 5,000 outages reported in north Iowa Saturday morning. That number was cut to around 4,000 as of 8 a.m. and was at 3,556 at 9:15 a.m.
At 10:40 a.m., Alliant Energy reported 1,547 customers without power in the viewing area. There were around 2,500 without power Saturday afternoon.
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"No one should be out unless necessary," the Worth County Sheriff's Office said in a social media post Saturday morning.
Some areas reported seeing well over a foot of a snow.
"During inclement weather, your safety is the city’s number one priority. The Police Department issues a parking ban in order to allow Public Works to efficiently plow city streets. Violators of the ban impede our crews’ ability to do their jobs and inconvenience city residents and visitors," the Clear Lake Police Department said on Facebook Saturday morning. 
A tow ban was in effect Saturday morning in many counties. It went into effect around 1 a.m. Saturday and lasted deep into the day.

You can check updates on the outages here. 

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