Strong winds whip up snow, hampering Nebraska, Iowa travel
By The Associated Press
Strong winds are whipping up snow and hampering travelers in Nebraska and Iowa.
The storm system that wreaked havoc as it raced through Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska remains over much of Iowa. The National Weather Service says gusts could approach 60 mph (96.6 kph) as the storm heads northeast. A gust of 53 mph (85.3 kph) was reported Wednesday morning in Davenport.
The Iowa Transportation Department says several highways are packed with snow, but none is closed.
The National Weather Service says little new snowfall is expected over Iowa, where 8.3 inches (21.1 centimeters) was reported a mile west of Spirit Lake.
Far western Nebraska is shoveling out from higher amounts. Nearly a foot (30.5 centimeters) has been reported southeast of Lyman, with drifts up to 16 inches (40.6 centimeters) deep.
Several Nebraska highways and county roads are covered with snow as well, but no weather-related closures are reported.
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