Snow, strong winds create dangerous conditions in Nebraska, Iowa

Jan 30, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A winter storm packing snow and wind swept through Iowa and Nebraska, slowing morning commutes, closing schools and leaving portions of major highways shut down.

A section of Interstate 80 near Lincoln, Neb., was closed Wednesday by jackknifed trucks. Another section from York to Aurora closed due to ice, high winds, blowing snow and zero visibility.

Lincoln has about 6 inches of snow. Portions of south-central Iowa had more than 7 inches.

As the storm tracks eastward across Iowa, whiteout conditions are reducing visibility.

Transportation officials report significant slowdowns and backups in central and eastern Iowa as crashes and jackknifed trucks block roads.

Winter storm warnings and advisories remain in effect. After the snowfall ends, temperatures will fall, with readings below zero by Friday in much of the region.

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