The snow has brought mixed blessings Thursday.
Many students all over the state woke up to the news they wouldn't have school while thousands of residents started their day without power.
Des Moines and Ames schools called off Thursday’s classes along with dozens of other districts.
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The heavy wet snow is weighing down power lines and trees. There have been multiple reports of trees down on houses and on power lines.
Many areas have been affected with Johnston seeing over 12 inches fall overnight. They, and other towns can still expect another 2-4 inches fall during the morning.
To combat the sheer volume of snow, plow drivers have been working overnight trying to keep on top of the falling snow.
This is the first snow storm of the year that the City of Des Moines has put its new snow ordinance into effect. No parking is allowed on the streets in most of the city. Violating the ordinance will get you a $35 ticket.
Garbage trucks are staying off the roads too.
Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and Windsor Heights have already canceled trash and recycling pickup for Thursday.
Trash for those customers will now be picked up on Friday. Other services will be delayed by a day.