Winter storm forecast to hit Iowa, Massachusetts

By Land Line staff | 2/8/2016

Blizzard conditions were expected to hit the Northern Plains on Monday, Feb. 8, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. Heavy snow was also hitting the Boston area.

A blizzard warning for many central Iowa counties was in effect until 6 p.m. Monday. Wind gusts were projected to exceed 60 mph, and weather officials warned of potential whiteout conditions.

The National Weather Service also projected a second low-pressure system that would intensify rapidly off the U.S. East Coast, bringing strong winds, heavy rainfall and coastal flooding to the Carolinas.

The storm also affected parts of South Dakota and Minnesota. On Sunday night and Monday morning, areas near Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., experienced whiteout conditions caused by snow and strong winds. On Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Department of Transportation warned of icy road conditions on state highways 38, 65, 37, 1, 135, 53, 65, 18, 45, 27, 289, 23, 169, 2, 70, 210 and 200.

Interstate 29 is among the many roadways in Iowa that were already experiencing snowy conditions on Monday.

Parts of Massachusetts were expected to receive more than a foot of snow by Tuesday. Drivers on Interstates 95 and 93 in the Boston area were expected to see slowdowns.

Winter weather advisories were in effect for parts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
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