Utility crews say they're making great progress restoring power to thousands of customers who had lost it during last night and this morning's snowstorm. Parts of northwest Iowa were hit the heaviest, with up to 12" or more falling in Plymouth, Ida, Cherokee, and Woodbury Counties, and as much as 17" reported around Sioux City.
All but about 400 of both Mid-American and Alliant Energy’s customers in Fort Dodge are now back online. That’s down from nearly 8 thousand just before noon. Mid-American has also restored power to nearly all of its customers in the Sioux City area.
A new trouble spot for Mid-American is the Quad Cities area, where nearly one thousand customers lost power just before 1pm.
Elsewhere, Iowa’s rural electric co-operatives have workers restored power to all but 500 of approximately 24 hundred people who had been off line in North Central Iowa’s Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties.
The Iowa Department of Transportation's winter road conditions map shows some roads in northwest Iowa are snow-covered and slippery. IDOT is reporting deteriorating road conditions in southeast Iowa this afternoon.
Winter storm watches and warnings associated with the storm have expired. The forecast for this afternoon includes a mix of rain and light snow for parts of eastern Iowa, especially along I-80 and near the Quad Cities.