The Latest: Iowa officials urge drivers to stay off roads

February 24, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on the winter storm affecting travel in Iowa and Nebraska (all times local):

4 p.m.

Iowa officials are still urging people to stay off the roads in most of the state because of blowing and drifting snow.

Interstate 35 remained closed between Ames and the Minnesota border Sunday afternoon.

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals says anyone who ventures out on the roads should have a full gas tank and bring plenty of food, water and blankets because they may be stuck in their vehicles overnight.

In most northern Iowa counties, plows were pulled off the roads Sunday because of the limited visibility.


12 p.m.

Nebraska officials reopened Interstate 80 all across the state by midday Sunday after checking on stranded vehicles and clearing hazards.

I-80 was closed for nearly 20 hours between Grand Island and the western edge of the Omaha metro area because of Saturday’s blizzard.

Strong winds combined with between 6 to 10 inches of snow to make travel hazardous across much of eastern Nebraska over the weekend.


10 a.m.

Travel remains difficult in eastern Nebraska and much of Iowa after a strong winter storm moved across the area.

Iowa officials closed Interstate 35 between Ames, Iowa, and the Minnesota border on Sunday because of blowing and drifting snow. The storm dropped several inches of snow on central Iowa, but parts of northwest Iowa received as much as 16 inches of snow.

In Nebraska, Interstate 80 remained closed Sunday between Grand Island and Gretna just southwest of Omaha because of weather conditions and several crashes. Much of eastern Nebraska received between 6 and 10 inches of snow in the storm.

Forecasters warn that even though the snow has stopped falling in Iowa and Nebraska strong winds could still cause blizzard conditions.

Many churches canceled their Sunday services because of conditions.

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