CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Heavy snow is falling across much of Eastern Iowa as a winter storm moves across the state. Snow has been falling since around noon and road conditions quickly deteriorated as the snow started to pile up.
Several crashes have been reported this afternoon, as roads in many areas are reported as completely snow-covered according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Several areas across the state have reported whiteout conditions this afternoon.
A crash in the southbound lanes of I-380 near Wright Brothers Boulevard in Cedar Rapids was slowing traffic at about 3 p.m.
“The snow will fall heavily this afternoon, likely at a rate of 1″ an hour or possibly heavier. This will lead to dangerous travel conditions along with reduced visibility,” Meteorologist Kaj O’Mara said. “Storm totals of 4-8″ are still on track by midnight with lesser amounts due to mixed precip farther southeast. Some areas could see isolated higher amounts.”
The Iowa Department of Transportation has dozens of plows out across the state working to clear roads as the storm dumps more than six inches of snow in parts of the state.
O’Mara said the snow should come to an end overnight as the system exits the region. He added meteorologists are tracking a system that could impact Eastern Iowa late this week.
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