Icy Roads Lead to School Closings, Delays

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Freezing rain & drizzle overnight are causing slick road conditions across much of Eastern Iowa. A Freezing Rain Advisory continues through the morning hours for much of Eastern Iowa.

Many schools have either delayed the start of classes or will be closed today.

The city of Cedar Rapids said that main streets were treated overnight but some refroze. Residential streets are completely ice covered.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, interstates and highways range from being wet to completely covered with ice.

"We've had trucks running since 8 last night," said Kip Siems, an Iowa Department of Transportation garage operation assistant in Waterloo told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Freezing rain started after 11 p.m., creating a sheet of ice.

"We had everyone in here by 1:15, 1:30, so we could make sure everyone has a nice commute," Siems said. Stranded vehicles were at a minimum. "We had more semis stuck on ramps," he said. "We were on the main roads."

Crews had to keep up the effort with recurring freezing drizzle. "At about 3 a.m. we had another shot of rain," Siems said.

Within Waterloo-Cedar Falls, ramps, such as the U.S. Highway 218 ramp near the Waterloo Regional Airport, remained a challenge to navigate.

Officials are urging drivers to slow down and allow plenty of stopping space between vehicles.

-The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier contributed to this report.

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