Snow Causes Slick Conditions in Eastern Iowa

By Alison Sullivan and Forrest Saunders, Reporters

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area received around two inches of snow on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, and the snow left local police busy responding to car crashes throughout the day as drivers found themselves adjusting to the winter precipitation.

The Linn County dispatch center reported 49 accident-related calls as of Sunday afternoon. Information wasn't available for the Iowa City area.

Iowa City police Lt. Kevin Heick said although snowfall can result in some crashes there seemed to be an uptick in accidents in the Johnson County area.

"It seems today was worse than normal but I don't know the specifics," Heick said, noting there were accidents along Interstate 80 and cars in the ditch.

Cedar Rapids police Sgt. Michael Kern said several minor accidents were reported from running into trees, ditches, and a few vehicular collisions with no injuries reported.Kern said officers tend to see more collisions with the first few snowfalls of the season and drivers need to be extra cautious traveling in the snow.

"Make sure they can see clearly and slow down to the appropriate speed that the conditions allow," he said.

Tim Gross, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities, said this week is about the normal time Iowans start seeing snow in the area. Last year, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City's first snowfall occurred Dec. 20 when the area was blanketed with five inches of snow.

Catherine Gavin of Naperville, Ill. drove to Iowa City Sunday to visit family and see "The Nutcracker" performance at The Englert. Gavin said she hoped the roads would be in better condition as the snow showed signs of tapering off as she prepared to head home.

"We'll just take our time to get home safely," the 62-year-old said.

Gross said there isn't a lot of moisture in Sunday's snowfall, which results in a light and powdery snow that accumulates pretty quickly. The area could see some small flurries again Tuesday night. Gross said the snow is likely to stay as cold temperatures remain throughout the week.

Iowa City resident Hameed Faruqui said he doesn't mind the snow.

"I'll take this over sleet any day," said the 29-year-old as he brushed the snow off his car windows.
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