High winds, blowing snow slow Monday morning commuters

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The red zone is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. Monday. Source: National Weather Service
The red zone is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. Monday. Source: National Weather Service

A blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday for an area directly north of Perry in Boone and Greene counties, as well as in Emmet, Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, Palo Alto, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright, Franklin, Butler, Calhoun, Webster, Hamilton and Hardin counties.

Commuters in the Perry area also faced reduced visibility and slow drive times Monday morning due to stiff winds and blowing snow.

Reactions among local drivers was nearly unanimous: avoid driving.

“It’s terrible on 44,” said Tricia Small. “You can’t see anything, and cars are getting stuck.”

Jay Rice said it was “terrible south of Berkley. I’d say blizzard-like outside.”

Rural roads south of Perry “are complete white outs,” said Linda Dawson.

Steve Parnell said it took him 15 minutes to get from Bouton to Perry, a five-mile drive.

“Stay in if at all possible,” Parnell said.

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