The blizzard-like conditions led to numerous accidents on Thursday and Friday.
Travel was not advised on any of eastern Iowa’s roads Thursday afternoon and evening as the blowing snow caused low visibility on icy roads.
The Iowa State Patrol responded to nearly two hundred crashes across the state. They say one person lost their life and 25 people were injured. A couple of multi-vehicle pile-ups were reported, including a 40-vehicle chain reaction accident on I-80 near Newton. A pair of jackknifed semi-trailers blocked traffic on I-380 near Toddville Thursday night. And several vehicles could be seen along Highway 20 between Manchester and Dyersville on Thursday, including a damaged semi-trailer in the median near Delaware (photo shown above).
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to one accident and 23 vehicles in the ditch.
And even after the winter storm has moved out of the state, highways and county roads are still completely covered with snow and ice. And with colder weather now here and no opportunity for melting, the roads may stay like that for some time – especially with more snow on the way Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Delaware County Engineer Anthony Bardgett says the county’s secondary roads crews are working hard on trying to open up the roads. All of their available equipment is out on the roads, but he says it will take quite some time to get the roads cleared. He’s asking for everyone to be patient and don’t travel if you don’t need to.
photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH