Winter Storm Warning in Eastern Iowa

This alert expired on February 1, 2015 at 9:00:00 PM CST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Benton; Buchanan; Cedar; Clinton; Delaware; Des Moines; Dubuque; Henry; Iowa; Jackson; Jefferson; Johnson; Jones; Keokuk; Lee; Linn; Louisa; Muscatine; Scott; Van Buren; Washington

Posted February 1, 2015 at 8:57:00 PM CST

Winter Storm continuing dangerous travel conditions this evening.

Light snow and blowing snow will continue over Eastern Iowa. Northeast Missouri and northwest Illinois this evening as a strong winter storm slowly exits the region. Strong north winds will produce blowing and drifting snow through this evening. With near Whiteout conditions at times in rural or open areas. Dangerous travel conditions will continue, especially on east to west rural roads, where some roads may be nearly impassable due to drifting snow. Localized power outages will be possible through this evening as strong winds affect snow and ice covered powerlines and tree branches.

Winter Storm Warning will expire at 9 pm CST this evening.

A major winter storm that brought widespread snowfall amounts greater than a foot, along with widespread blowing and drifting snow across much of eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois, will continue to push east of the area overnight. Very light snow or flurries will continue until about midnight. While little additional snowfall is expected, north winds around 15 to 25 mph will continue to cause drifting of snow, especially on East to West roads.

While a Winter Storm Warning is no longer in effect, motorists should be prepared for hazardous winter travel conditions. If you must travel, carry a winter storm survival kit.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • During
    Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
    Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
    Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
    Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
    If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
    If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
    You may have frostbite.
    When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
    Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
    Stay dry.
    Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

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