Updated: HWY 18 W of Floyd Now Open; Others Still Impassable

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UPDATED: 7:56 am 1/27/13

Charles City, IA – A significant winter storm brought a moderate snow accumulation (between 2 to 5 inches across the area), high winds in excess of 60 mph along with dangerous, if not deadly wind chills. To get you up to date on the latest warnings and advisories:

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect until noon on Tuesday for the entire listening area. Wind chills the next few days could bottom out between -40 and -50. This could be deadly if precautions are not taken.

Road Reports – Avenue of the Saints west of Floyd has re-opened to traffic. Travel is still not advised across the area due to impassable roads. If you need to travel, take some extra time to reach your destination.

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Stranded Motorists – Law enforcement is reporting numerous roads and highways blocked due to drifting snow. Numerous motorists were stranded as well. Scanner chatter indicated that there numerous people stranded along the Avenue of the Saints west of Floyd and with the help of AMR Ambulance, the Floyd Fire Department and the Floyd County Sheriff deputies, they are all accounted for and were taken to the Floyd Fire Department where a shelter has been set up for the night.

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STORM REPORTS:

Local Storm Report by NWS ARX: 2 W Floyd [Floyd Co, IA] emergency mngr reports BLIZZARD at 08:55 PM CST — highway 18 west of floyd is impassable due to drifting

Local Storm Report by NWS DMX: Mason City Airport [Cerro Gordo Co, IA] asos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M58.00 MPH at 08:30 PM CST —

Local Storm Report by NWS ARX: Charles City [Floyd Co, IA] emergency mngr reports BLIZZARD at 08:05 PM CST — numerous vehicles in ditches. people are being rescued by local fire departments and then being housed at the fire department since the cars are being left in the ditch. hwy 18/218 was blocked for a period because of how many cars were stuck or in accidents. still whiteout conditions with zero visibility.

Local Storm Report by NWS ARX: 2 W Riceville [Mitchell Co, IA] emergency mngr reports BLIZZARD at 06:55 PM CST — highway 9 blocked west of riceville due to 2 stuck semi tractor trailers blocking the road.

Local Storm Report by NWS ARX: 2 N Ionia [Chickasaw Co, IA] mesonet reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M52 MPH at 06:05 PM CST — mesonet station 2 n ionia /rnhi4/

Local Storm Report by NWS ARX: 3 E Charles City [Floyd Co, IA] awos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M62 MPH  at 06:35 PM CST — awos station charles city /ccy/

Local Storm Report by NWS ARX: Charles City [Floyd Co, IA] 911 call center reports BLIZZARD at 06:24 PM CST — zero visibility across the county with major drifting of snow. deputies can only drive 5 mph and a no tow ban is in place.

Local Storm Report by NWS ARX: St. Ansgar [Mitchell Co, IA] 911 call center reports BLIZZARD at 06:24 PM CST — no travel advised across the county. numerous accidents and stuck cars.

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