Spring Snow Storm in Clear Lake

April 09, 2018 07:49 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Sunday night, Northern Iowa got another dump of snow. In Clear Lake, residents woke up to 9 inches of snow.

It froze into hard chunks and meant Harley Harms had to switch out his shovel for a plow truck. “I was up about 12:30 this morning cleaning out my neighbors and myself.”


Harms says normally this time of year, people are thinking about gardening not shoveling. “I hope this is the last of it.”

He is not alone.

“I’m a mailman, I have to work outside every day almost,” said Jake Farmer. “It’s not the best thing to wake up to.”

Wolfram Lawn Care & Snow Removal was out early Monday morning trying to keep up with calls. “Probably 75 calls we were out on today,” said Owner, Bob Wolfram.

Wolfram wasn't expecting this kind of weather. “This has been a phenomenal snow season this year. Started off really slow, hardly any snow on the ground before Christmas. Then all of the sudden, wham!”

Well into spring, Wolfram and his right-hand-man, Kyle Arui, are ready for a change of scenery.

“We want to get into summer, mowing and stuff like that,” said Wolfram. “Summer activities.”

Clear Lake turns into a tourist destination in the summer.

“It’s a town that is about 7,000 people now and it turns into about 30,000 in the summer,” said Jeremy Ainley, a Salesman at Clear Lake Boats.

The draw is the lake, which is why the late snow isn't even the biggest concern for Clear Lake Boats.

“We have had snow storms but usually the ice is always out by the last week of March so we can work,” said Ainley.

The company needs the lake to melt soon so it can start renting out boats. It’s already a month behind schedule.

“Best case scenario is probably a week or two before we get the ice out of here,” said Ainley.

The sentiment in clear lake, “We are over it,” said Ainley.


Hannah Tiede

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