Ice-covered tree limbs are snapping across a wide section of Iowa, causing hundreds of power outages. The area was under a Winter Weather Advisory all day yesterday. An Ice Storm Warning is posted for much of western and central Iowa, stretching as far east as Waterloo. Meteorologist Brad Small, at the National Weather Service bureau in Johnston, says that layer of ice is making travel very slow-going.
State and local crews are spreading sand, salt and brine on the roads, feverishly working to make those thoroughfares passable, but the elements aren’t cooperating.
Tuesday morning’s commute was much better, Small says, as the road crews had a full day or more to combat the sheets of ice.
Power outages were worst in the Des Moines metro as MidAmerican Energy reported nearly 24-hundred customers had no electricity earlier today, though the utility say most are now back online.