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Winter storm warning remains in effect: Saturday's forecast for Eastern Iowa

(File photo) People walk through the Pedestrian Mall as snow falls in Iowa City on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
(File photo) People walk through the Pedestrian Mall as snow falls in Iowa City on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

A winter storm warning is scheduled to remain in effect for Eastern Iowa until 10 p.m. today, as several communities have issued snow emergencies.

Wet, heavy snow is expected to continue falling throughout the day today, with winds gusting up to 35 mph. Widespread snow totals of 4 to 10 inches are expected in the warning area, with some localized areas possibly seeing 10 to 12 inches. In Cedar Rapids, the snow is expected to taper off around 4 p.m., according to weather.gov.

Use caution when traveling as roads could be hazardous and visibilities could be reduced at times.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, the Iowa DOT’s 511 service was reporting a crash on I-380 northbound between exits 18 and 19 that was slowing traffic. Earlier in the day, a crash was reported east of Iowa City.

In communities issuing snow emergencies, including Cedar Rapids and North Liberty, vehicles should be removed from snow routes.

Some local events, including Sunday’s Iowa-Indiana baseball game and the St. Joseph’s Day Parade, have been canceled. In Iowa City, Shelter House staff plan to open up its low-barrier winter emergency shelter Saturday and Sunday nights.

Delivery of The Gazette may be delayed in some areas due to the weather. All readers can access the Green Gazette, a digital replica of the print newspaper, free today.

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