BrrrLPCSignTHIS SNOW BLOWS – Last week, this road sign north of La Porte City on U.S. Highway 218 served as a microcosm of the winter weather forecasts area residents have endured. In what has been one of the coldest winters on record with blowing snow obscuring the landscape, La Porte City residents are hoping to see the mercury in their thermometers rise (and stay) north of the zero degree line. Photo by Mike Whittlesey.