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People digging out after winter storm slams eastern Iowa

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The falling snow tapered off Sunday evening, but the overnight hours will bring blowing snow to much of eastern Iowa.

Falling temperatures and windy conditions are even more of concern because visibility will be low.

"I think the drivers were sensible, they stayed home," said Doug Jones, as he was shoveling his driveway.

Jones says he actually had to shovel twice, because the winds blew the snow right back over his shoveled areas.

Between 5-13"of snow fell across eastern Iowa, and it was kind of a surprise for Romy Bolton.

"I went to bed [Saturday] night and it hadn't really started snowing yet and I thought oh, it another one of those," said Bolton. "But it's a good wake up."

She said this winter has been a mild one until this point, so she knew the snow would come eventually.

"I was very happy to hear the baby fire up," said Bolton.

She's talking about her snow blower, but that means she had to get to work.

Bolton and many others has to brave the blustery conditions and they say it wasn't easy.

Once the snow slowly tapered off, Strong winds picked up causing blowing and drifting snow to be a problem.

KWWL crews were driving around for hours and noticed branches snapped and power lines sagging because this snow was heavy.

"When I saw what it was kind of doing to the trees, I had a suspicion when i got up this morning, oh this is going to be a heavy snow," said Bolton.

Visibility was almost at white-out conditions, and the Iowa Department of Transportation says traveling is not advised, especially as overnight since temperatures will continue to dropping, eventually below zero in some areas.

As of late Sunday evening, Iowa DOT maps show roads are still completely snow and ice covered.

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