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Iowa safety officials issue travel warnings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa public safety officials are urging motorists not to travel in north-central and northern Iowa as the state braces for more snow, high winds and bitter temperatures.

Courtney Greene, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, says travel is not recommended on Interstate 35 from central Iowa north to the Minnesota border.

Greene says a double fatal accident Saturday afternoon near Mitchellville in central Iowa is being blamed on the winter road conditions.

Iowans were slammed with sleet, ice and snow on Thursday into Friday. But Frank Boksa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Johnston, says the most dangerous blizzard-like conditions are still on their way.

He says high winds reaching 35 miles per hour and bitterly cold temperatures with wind chills dipping to 25 below zero are expected to make their way across Iowa late Saturday into Sunday.

He expects the winds to diminish by Sunday evening.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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