OTTUMWA — A massive winter storm is causing businesses to close and cities to enact emergency measures across southeast Iowa.
The storm is expected to drop a foot or more of snow over much of the area. Centerville and Ottumwa have both enacted snow emergency measures. In Ottumwa, that means no parking on snow routes and restrictions on parking for the rest of the city. In Centerville, drivers may not park on any city street between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Drivers who were on the roads faced slick conditions even before the snow picked up Tuesday. A light glaze from freezing drizzle Monday evening and a thin layer of snow made stopping a challenge. Accidents sent several people to the hospital in Ottumwa.
The storm is expected to intensify over southeast Iowa in the afternoon and evening hours. The worst of the storm is expected to arrive Tuesday night, as heavy snow and strong winds arrive. A blizzard warning remains in effect for the entire area through noon Wednesday.
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