DES MOINES, Iowa – The biggest snow storm of the season moved through the state this weekend dropping more than a foot of snow on parts of Central Iowa. A Winter Storm Warning continues until 9 p.m. for much of the state.
6-12 inches of snow has fallen across much of the state with reports of up to 14 inches in parts of Central Iowa. For much of the weekend, all of Iowa’s 99 counties were under a winter storm warning.
As of Sunday at 6 p.m., roads across the state are completely snow covered with travel not recommended in some areas. Des Moines Public Works’ crews began working to clear more than 200 miles of roads at 6 p.m. Saturday. Officials said crews would focus on clearing major roads and streets before moving on to residential streets. City officials said more than 8 inches of heavy, wet snow is covering many side streets and travel in residential areas is difficult.
The heavy snow damaged trees and power lines Sunday. At one point, more than 1,600 MidAmerican Energy customers were without power in Des Moines. Power was restored to most areas by early Sunday afternoon.
Churches across Iowa did not hold services due to the snow, nearly 400 called in to the Channel 13 newsroom alone. Several dozen schools are delaying the start of class or are closed Monday.
Meteorologist Brett McIntyre said we’ll see temperatures drop overnight to about zero. Another storm system will bring snow chances to Iowa on Tuesday with minor accumulations, McIntyre said.