A powerful winterlike storm moving through the Great Plains was closing schools and causing travel headaches in several states, authorities said today. However, in Siouxland, we should see temperatures in the 30s overnight with some drizzle.
Winter storm warnings and watches stretched from Wyoming and Montana through western Nebraska and into the Dakotas and Minnesota. Forecasters said the storm packs strong winds and double-digit snowfall totals, along with blizzardlike conditions through tomorrow.
Blowing and drifting snow were making travel hazardous, with wind gusts approaching 40 mph in some areas.
Gov. Kim Reynolds today backed the new leader of Iowa's human resources agency, saying he made an honest error when he misstated what his department does on his résumé.
Reynolds told reporters that "people make mistakes" on their résumés, and that Department of Administrative Services Director Jim Kurtenbach is human.
Reynolds appointed Kurtenbach in June to lead the department, which manages human resources, buildings, and several other functions for the executive branch. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Kurtenbach is working on the side as a paid expert witness for an Ames family that is seeking millions of dollars from neighbors whose opposition they blame for delaying their plan to build a campground and events venue.