Winter storm blankets Iowa, casues traffic fatalites

posted by 1430 KASI -

Iowans are digging out after Monday's winter storm brought snow from one end of the state to the other.  It brought especially heavy snow to central Iowa--Ames got seven inches of snow while Jasper County saw seven-and-half inches. The hardest hit spots were in southeast Iowa--Louisa County got 10-and-a-half inches, Washington county got more than eight inches.  

Monday's winter storm caused a number of fatal traffic crashes across Iowa. The biggest was in Story County, where the Sheriff's Office says one person was killed in a massive pile-up on Interstate 35 near Ames. The series of accidents involved 50 to 70 cars, buses and semis.  The pile-up forced I-35 south- and and northbound to close for hours Monday afternoon.  Five seriously injured people were taken to nearby hospitals. Weather-related accidents in eastern Iowa killed four people.



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