Several crashes block I-80; travel not advised in Eastern Iowa

Jessica Wong

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Dangerous winter weather conditions across much of the state has officials asking drivers to stay home Thursday. As of late Thursday morning, travel is not advised in parts of central and eastern Iowa. Several crashes along Interstate 80 between Newton and Grinnel have blocked the […]

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Dangerous winter weather conditions across much of the state has officials asking drivers to stay home Thursday. As of late Thursday morning, travel is not advised in parts of central and eastern Iowa.

Several crashes along Interstate 80 between Newton and Grinnel have blocked the interstate as of early this afternoon. Travel is not advised along Interstate 80 from Des Moines to the Iowa City-area, along Highway 20 from Interstate 35 to Cedar Falls, and Highway 30 from Ames to Cedar Rapids. Click here for the latest road conditions.

The Iowa State Patrol said that I-80

More than 400 Iowa Department of Transportation plows are out across the state to clear state roads.

Dozens of snow emergencies have been declared in cities across Eastern Iowa, each with its own protocol. Click here for the latest weather-related announcements.

SNOW AMOUNTS: A broad area of 2 to 4 inches will fall over most of the TV9 viewing area. Isolated higher amounts may occur. The far south, south of a line from Oskaloosa to Washington, could see lesser amounts up to 2 inches due to more rain and a briefer period of snow. It will be difficult to measure the total snow that falls due to the strong winds. Click here for the latest forecast.

A strong cold front will be pushing through eastern Iowa on Thursday bringing freezing rain,...
A strong cold front will be pushing through eastern Iowa on Thursday bringing freezing rain, snow, and possible blizzard conditions.(KCRG)

AFTER THE STORM: Winds will continue tonight through Friday morning. Colder air settles into the region for the weekend, with below zero lows common and highs that barely reach the single digits above zero. Wind chills will likely reach -20 to -30 below zero, or colder, at times. Additional chances for snow are possible Saturday through early next week.

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