Winter storm blankets Iowa, casues traffic fatalites

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.