Public Safety

Iowa State Patrol: Nearly 100 wrecks during winter storm

State reports large sections of Corridor interstates mostly clear

A camera aboard an Iowa Department of Transporation snow plow on Wednesday morning shows a largely cleared northbound In
A camera aboard an Iowa Department of Transporation snow plow on Wednesday morning shows a largely cleared northbound Interstate 380 by the Iowa River. (Iowa DOT)

About 9 inches of snow from a winter storm that moved across Iowa fell in many parts of the Corridor, according to reports to the National Weather Service, but by Wednesday morning large swaths of interstates 80 and 380 in Eastern Iowa had been largely cleared.

The Iowa State Patrol says it handled nearly 100 crashes across the state during the storm from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning.

KCCI-TV reported the patrol assisted with 91 crashes and helped 372 motorists Tuesday. That doesn’t include other crashes that were handled by local police.

Unofficial reports of snowfall totals to the weather service Wednesday morning included 11 inches in Solon, 10 inches in Hiawatha and 9 inches in several locations including northeast Cedar Rapids, North Liberty and southeast Iowa City.

Many reports to the weather service noted there was a crust of ice atop the snow.

The Iowa Department of Transportation reported that, by Wednesday morning, almost all of Interstate 380 with an exception near Waterloo had been cleared and was considered to be in “seasonal” condition, though there was a least one crash that led to lane closures.

The Iowa DOT also reported that a swath of Interstate 80 from about Brooklyn to the west and about the Durant exit to the east was also in seasonal condition, though there had been lane closures also.

Many other roads including Highway 218 south of I-80 were still partially covered, the Iowa DOT reported.

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For the latest on driving conditions and to see the locations of state plows and images from their cameras, visit the 511ia.org website.

The Associated Press contributed.

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