Poor visibility and icy conditions forced every school in the Creston News Advertiser area to cancel school this morning. A winter storm — starting around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening — dropped anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow in the Creston area by 6 a.m. making it difficult for commuters this morning.
“It’s real slick under that snow,” said John Hays, Creston city roads superintendent. “Those slick conditions and poor visibility have been the real problems on the city roads this morning, but these are typical winter conditions in Iowa. The thing is we haven’t seen these conditions much this year.”
Steve Akes, county engineer, said county roads are in the same shape as city roads.
“The pavements are slick,” Akes said. “Once the snow quits blowing we will be able to take care of the slick conditions. Our guys are telling me the visibility isn’t as bad as they expected. Our biggest challenge this afternoon will be gravel roads.”
This is the second notable snowstorm in the Creston area this winter. The first one — on Dec. 20 — dropped 5 inches of snow. All schools in the Creston area were cancelled that day, too.
Rest of today
A winter storm warning will stay in effect until noon today. Wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour are expected throughout today which will reduce visibility. Temperatures in the single digits coupled with dangerous wind chills are expected Wednesday evening and overnight into Thursday.