"It's absolutely gorgeous out," said Mary Hermanson, the night shift front desk clerk at the Super 8 in Mason City.
"If I'm going to have snow come down, that's what I want to have come down," she said of the 10 inches that had fallen in the area in the past 24 hours. She happily said it reminded her of Christmas.
Associated Press writers Nelson Lampe in Omaha, Neb., and Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee contributed to this report.
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