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2:38 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Iowa, Nebraska snowstorm likely helped plants

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The wet snow that covered parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa likely didn't hurt many newly planted flowers and vegetables.

The spring storm dumped more than 6 inches of snow over Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Harrison County, Iowa, which sits just northeast of Omaha, Neb.

Connie Hornbeck at CJ Futures Lawn & Garden Center in Missouri Valley, Iowa, says snow provides a protective cover from low temperatures and wind that pose bigger threats. Hornbeck says "those dry, 20-degree weather things are the things that really hurt" plants.

The moisture-laden snow will benefit most of plants. But she says the weight of it could have broken some stems and doomed the young plants.

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