Public Safety

Cedar Rapids warns drivers of slick I-380

Bitter cold continues even as wind gusts decrease

Paramedics and other rescue crews arrive to a crash on Interstate 380 South near the 42nd Street NE/Glass Road exit on Thursday morning in Cedar Rapids. Two Cedar Rapids police officers were injured while on the scene of another wreck when a vehicle lost control and hit the officers' SUV. (Kat Russell/The Gazette)
Paramedics and other rescue crews arrive to a crash on Interstate 380 South near the 42nd Street NE/Glass Road exit on Thursday morning in Cedar Rapids. Two Cedar Rapids police officers were injured while on the scene of another wreck when a vehicle lost control and hit the officers' SUV. (Kat Russell/The Gazette)
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Cedar Rapids police are asking drivers to slow down and be especially careful around the S-curve on Interstate 380 near downtown — or avoid it if possible,

Officers were responding to multiple reports of car crashes on the interstate around the city, a news release said.

In a Facebook post, the department wrote, “everyone, please slow down. Roads are extremely slick in areas especially on the interstate, overpasses and on/off ramps ...”

A crash blocked the left lane of southbound I-380, north of downtown heading toward the S-curve, the Iowa Department of Transportation said Thursday morning. Another crash south of the S-curve, also on southbound I-380, blocked the right lane, the Iowa DOT said, although that crash scene had been cleared by late morning.

A wind chill advisory that otherwise expired at 10 a.m. in Iowa was extended until 1 p.m. for Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Benton, Linn and Jones counties, with wind chills as low as 35 below expected. Even after the winds calm, though, the National Weather Service cautioned to still expect bitter cold — with highs near zero — worsened by snowfall throughout the day. The weather service predicted snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in the Corridor area, with snow ending Thursday night.

While temperatures Friday are forecast to reach into the 20s, wind chills will make it seem much colder — reaching down to about 10 below.

Saturday is expected to be considerably warmer with highs around 40. But patchy fog and a chance of drizzle are expected.

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