Storm Dumps 8 inches of Snow – Snarls Interstate, USA
A snow storm with blizzard conditions came through the state Thursday night and Friday, bringing at least 8 inches of snow and terrible driving conditions with it.
While officials with the Atlantic Police Department said there were no accidents in town, and Cass County dispatchers said there were few accidents around the county, travel was not advised, and there were numerous accidents on I-80.
Trooper Shelby McCreedy said early Friday afternoon that the State Patrol was not advising travel.
“Pott, Cass, Adair (counties) still have tow bans,” she said. “We have multiple lane blockages in Pott and Cass. We’re still sticking to the travel not advised.”
McCreedy said traffic on the interstate was moving slow because it was completely snow and ice covered, and the windy conditions were blowing snow across the lanes. She said visibility was “zero” in some places, and the travel advisory was going to stick around until the winds died down because conditions weren’t going to get better until that happened.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for eastern parts of Nebraska and most of the western half of Iowa until 6 p.m. Friday. The service reported 3 to 5 inches of snow in those regions was expected, along with high winds gusting up to 50 mph. Most of the eastern half of Iowa was also under a winter weather advisory Friday, with 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation expected. The storm, however, dropped 8 inches of snow in the Atlantic area.
Area schools either had a snow day on Friday or held classes via remote learning, and school activities were cancelled. Numerous businesses were closed or closed early on Friday, and the Atlantic Library closed at 2 p.m.
Conditions are expected to remain cold and cloudy for the next few days. The National Weather Service said today’s high will be 29, but it will feel like 10 degrees. Temperatures will slowly warm up, but continue to be in the mid to upper 30’s throughout the week. Conditions will be partly to mostly sunny starting on Tuesday.
Courtesy of swiowanewssource.com