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Many roads still impassable in western Iowa early Monday morning

News, Weather

March 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Winter Storm that caught many motorists by surprise and left many stranded and seeking shelter, also resulted in numerous accidents and road closures. As of 3-a.m. Monday, the Iowa Department of Transportation said roads along and south of Interstate 80 were completely covered with snow and/or ice. North of I-80, Highway 59, from Harlan all the way north of Highway 20, was completely impassable and whiteout conditions were being experienced. Travel was not advised on Highway 30, between Interstate 29 half-way to Denison, and the road was impassable from the intersection of Highway 37 northeast to Denison. Travel was not advised on I-29 from I-80 to near Sioux City.

Earlier accidents on I-80 two-miles east of Shelby and another near Walnut, blocked traffic in both directions for hours, Sunday. There were injuries reported, but none appeared to have been serious. The accident near Shelby involved several semis and cars. In Cass County, deputies worked to shuttle motorists to area hotels as quickly as possible. When the hotels became full, the Nishna Valley YMCA in Atlantic opened its doors as an emergency shelter. There was no word early Monday morning on how many motorists were being housed there.

Several schools have cancelled or delayed the start of classes for today. For the latest road information, go to 511ia.org, or call 511. Outside of Iowa, call 1-800-288-1047.

I-29 Northbound in Harrison County Reopened: One Lane Southbound Still Closed

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March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – March 10, 2013; 6 p.m. update – The northbound lanes of Interstate 29 in Harrison County, near exit 95 (Little Sioux), have reopened to traffic. One southbound lane in this same area remains closed at this time. Heavy snow and strong winds are still making travel hazardous along I-29 and I-80 in western Iowa, so motorists should continue to exercise caution and postpone their trip if possible.

Check road conditions by visiting http://www.511ia.org; calling 511 in Iowa or 800-288-1047 nationwide; or follow all of the traffic alerts and travel news on Twitter @iowadot or @statewideia511.

I-80 Westbound Remains Blocked in Pottawattamie County

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March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – March 10, 2013 – 6:35 p.m. update – Eastbound Interstate 80 between Shelby (exit 34) and Avoca (exit 40) in Pottawattamie County has reopened to traffic; however, the the westbound lanes remain closed. This segment of the interstate has been impacted by the high winds and snow, which contributed to several multiple vehicle crashes. The Iowa Department of Transportation and emergency response agencies are on the scene working to clear the incidents as quickly as possible, but several semi-tractor trailer units are involved which is making it difficult. There are multiple tow trucks on the scene. A detour remains in place for westbound travelers using U.S. 59 (exit 40) north, Iowa 44 west and Pottawattamie County Road M-16 south through Shelby.

Motorists who have been stuck in the traffic for several hours in the westbound lanes are now being redirected by law enforcement on the scene to the nearest exit and onto the detour route. Snow has been making its way eastward across the state and has now entered areas east of I-35. According to the Iowa DOT’s road weather information system, sustained winds of 20-30 mph are reported west of I-35, with gusts reaching 40 mph. Slick road conditions and limited visibility at times can be expected.

For Iowa road condition information, visit http://www.511ia.org; call 511 in Iowa or800-288-1047 nationwide; or visit Twitter @iowadot or @statewideia511. Use the hashtag #iatraffic when tweeting about this winter storm.

School Cancellations and delays have been reported for Monday, March 11th

News

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Area schools are delaying or cancelling classes altogether for Monday, March 11th, due to the snow storm. Please see the KJAN Cancellations page under Community Hub on our website.  Check back frequently, as the information will be updated as soon as it is received.

Clarinda Woman arrested on drug charge

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March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Sunday, of 26-year old Megan D. Reynolds, of Clarinda. Reynolds was taken into custody on a warrant for unlawful possession of a prescription drug. She was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Gusty Winds and Heavy Snow affecting Travel Today in Iowa

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March 10th, 2013 by Chris Parks

March 10, 2013: 3:35 p.m. update – Iowa roadways are already being impacted by a major winter storm that is bringing with it very strong winds and heavy snow. Interstate 80 is presently blocked in both directions between exits 34 and 40 (Shelby to Avoca in Pottawattamie County) and I-29 northbound is blocked near exit 95 (Little Sioux in Harrison County). Both blockages are the result of multiple vehicle crashes. Another accident near the Cass Pottawattamie County line has traffic blocked in both directions.

Interstate travelers should be advised that westbound Interstate 80 in Nebraska is also closed at Lincoln, Nebr., mile marker 395.

Several winter storm warnings have been issued that affect a majority of counties in Iowa, except for the far southeast corner of the state. This storm is not expected to exit Iowa until sometime Monday morning or early afternoon. Predicted snow totals vary by location, but range from as little as 4 inches to as much as 10 inches. With this event, the wind will play a significant factor, regardless of snow totals.

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s road weather information system is reporting increasing wind speeds as the front moves eastward. West central Iowa is presently reporting wind gusts in excess of 40 mph, causing hazardous travel conditions when combined with the heavy snow.

For the latest Iowa road condition information visit http://www.511ia.org/; call 511 in Iowa or 800-288-1047 nationwide; or follow the Iowa DOT on Twitter @iowadot or @statewideia511. Be sure to use the hashtag #iatraffic in your posts.

More accidents reported on I-80 near the Cass/Pott. County line

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March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Interstate 80 near the Cass/Pottawattamie County line is now reported to be blocked in both directions due to a multi-vehicle accident. (as of 4:12-p.m.) Between mile-markers 50-and 51.

 

Multiple car accidents on I-80 between Neb., Iowa

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March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Transportation officials are reporting multiple car accidents along nearly 200 miles of Interstate 80 between Nebraska and Iowa. The Nebraska State Patrol closed the westbound lanes of I-80 Sunday from mile markers between Lincoln and Grand Island after numerous reports of car accidents. The Iowa Department of Transportation says both directions are blocked near Avoca in Iowa. All northbound lanes of Interstate 29 near Little Sioux also are blocked.

Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins says there were several reports of vehicles hitting the median or going into ditches. There is no additional information about how many accidents have been reported. Details about injuries or fatalities were not immediately available. The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of snow could fall in parts of Nebraska and Iowa.

Travel not advised on I-80 in western Iowa (as of 2:14-p.m. Sunday)

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March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

I-80: Travel is not advised between the Missouri River bridge (Council Bluffs) and Exit 46: County Road M47 (Walnut). Travel is not advised. Towing services are prohibited.

Winter Storm Warning continues for Harrison & Monona Counties

News, Weather

March 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ONAWA…MAPLETON…MISSOURI VALLEY…

WOODBINE…LOGAN…DUNLAP

114 PM CDT SUN MAR 10 2013

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY…

* TIMING…OCCASIONAL MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING WITH THE STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS CAUSING BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATION…ADDITIONAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED…BRINGING TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS INTO THE 4 TO 8 INCH RANGE ACROSS HARRISON COUNTY.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

* MAIN IMPACT…SLICK ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES ARE THE MAIN IMPACTS. VISIBILITIES MAY DROP TO A HALF MILE OR LESS DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.