Iowa gets thick blanket of snow, snarls traffic

(Des Moines, IA) -- The blizzard conditions that rolled into Iowa Thursday night into Friday morning dumped significant amounts of snow in the state's mid-section. Dallas County and Jasper County reported 7-inch totals. The Des Moines area picked up around 6-inches of snow.

Snow plus strong winds made travel hazardous. Iowa DOT snow plows have been out trying to keep highways clear. During the height of the storm, highways in central Iowa were mostly snow covered. That included Interstate 35 border to border. Highways in most other areas of Iowa were partially snow covered.

The DOT's Craig Bargfrede says the winds complicated snow removal, because of the blowing and drifting. He says given the conditions, today (Friday) would be a good day to stay off the roads.

Road conditions in the Des Moines area were treacherous this (Friday) morning during the morning commute. Police and the Iowa State Patrol responded to numerous spin-outs and crashes.

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