Dallas County weather updates: Schools, libraries announce closures, snow parking bans in effect

From staff reports
A plow clears a path along a street in Adel as a winter storm dumps several inches across the region on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday for more than a dozen central Iowa counties, including Polk, Dallas, Story, Jasper, Madison and Warren.

Blowing and drifting snow is expected to impact travel conditions for much of the day Saturday.

Here's what you need to know in Perry and across Dallas County. This file will be updated.

Area libraries announce closures for Saturday 

The Minburn Public Library will be closed on Saturday due to weather.

Clothes Closet will be closed Saturday 

The free Clothes Closet at First Christian Church in Perry will be closed on Saturday.

Perry home wrestling tournament is canceled 

The wrestling tournament scheduled for Saturday morning at Perry High School has been canceled because of weather.

Adel City Hall to close early Friday

Adel City Hall will be closing at 2:30 p.m. Friday due to impending weather and will also be closed on Monday for an in-service work day. 

Utility payments can be placed in the drop boxes outside City Hall or behind the library. Utility payments can also be made online or by calling (866) 229-7831. Please have your account number ready.

If residents would like to sign up for automatic withdrawal and/or emailed bills, please contact Accounting Clerk Emily Light at (515) 993-4525 or elight@adeliowa.org.

Area libraries announce closures for Friday

  • The Adel Public Library will be closing at 11 a.m. on Friday.
  • The Dexter Public Library will be closed on Friday and Saturday due to the weather.
  • The De Soto Public Library will be closed on Friday.
  • The Grimes Public Library will be closing at 3 p.m. Friday.
  • The Minburn Public Library will be closed on Friday. There is no open gym this morning.
  • The Perry Public Library and Hometown Heritage at the Carnegie Library Museum will not open Friday due to incoming weather conditions.
  • The Roy R. Estle Memorial Library in Dallas Center closed at 1 p.m.
  • The Waukee Public Library will close early at 2 p.m. Friday due to incoming inclement weather.
Perry Public Library after a snowfall on Jan. 15, 2021, in Perry. The library is closed on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 because of incoming  weather conditions.

McCreary Center to close early

The McCreary Recreation Center in Perry will close at 10 a.m. Friday

Dallas County schools announce closures for Friday

  • ADM Community School District: Due to the snow forecasted for today and the early onset, school is canceled for Friday. No activities.
  • Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District: DCG will be releasing students from school two hours early on Friday. Oak View will release at 12:30 p.m., all other buildings will release at 1. Buses will run their regular routes, but will be two hours earlier than normal. Evening events are canceled. There will be no afternoon preschool or optional kindergarten.
  • Perry Schools will be closed on Friday with no activities. Friday night's basketball games against South Hamilton have been postponed until Monday, Jan. 17. PACES is also closed.
  • Saint Patrick School and Gingerbread Preschool in Perry will be closed on Friday. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
  • Van Meter Community School District has canceled classes Friday.
  • Waukee Community School District: No classes were scheduled Friday, but the district's buildings and offices will close at 2 p.m. Friday and all activities have been canceled.
  • Woodward-Granger is closed Friday. Hawks Nest will be open.
  • All DMACC locations will close today, Friday due to winter weather conditions. Please take all necessary precautions to remain safe.

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Emergency snow parking bans enacted

The city of Adel announced that its Snow Emergency Parking Ban will be in effect from 10 a.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday. No person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley, or city-owned off-street parking area. The parking ban enables Adel's Public Works Department to conduct its snow removal activities safely and quickly. Depending on the weather, the city said the ban may be modified.

The city of Dallas Center reminded residents about the city's snow parking ban. It is unlawful to park, abandon, or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or city-owned off-street parking area during any snow removal period. The ban shall continue from the beginning of the snowfall to 24 hours after the snowfall has ceased. Snow and ice removal from sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner. Residents are required by ordinance to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a storm. Please pile the snow on your yard, not in the street.

The city of Granger's snow ordinance will go into effect at 6 a.m. Friday and will continue through 6 a.m. Sunday. Please be sure to remove all vehicles from city streets, alleys, or City-owned off-street parking areas. Vehicles parked in the street may be fined, towed, or both. The parking ban will continue from the beginning of snowfall to 24 hours after the snowfall has ceased. Residents will have 24 hours after the cessation of a snow or ice storm to clear your sidewalk or the city may do so and bill the property owner. It is the property owner's responsibility to clear the snow away from the fire hydrants for easier access in case of a fire.

The city of Grimes reminded residents that the snow ordinance will be in effect from 12 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Saturday. Please note that no parking is allowed on any city streets during this time.

The city of Perry reminded residents of the snow ordinance that will be in effect during a snow emergency. No person shall park any vehicle on any public street, alley, or city-owned off-street parking area during a snow emergency unless the snow has been removed with the streets fully open and the snow has ceased to fall. A snow emergency shall be defined as any accumulation of snow in the amount of one-half inch or more. 

The Van Meter Police Department reminded residents that vehicles must be off the streets at the first sign of snowfall so public works can clear the streets.

The city of Waukee's Snow Emergency Parking Ban will be in effect from 12 p.m. Friday, through 5 p.m. Saturday. Parking on public streets is not allowed during this time in order for public works teams to provide effective and safe snow removal. Per Waukee Municipal Code §68.14, vehicles in violation of the parking ban are subject to a $25 fine and/or towing.

The Woodward Police Department reminds residents that the city snow ordnance will be in effect Friday when it starts snowing. Please have all vehicles removed from city streets so state and city crews can clear the streets. It will also prevent residents from receiving a citation.