A sudden and intense snowstorm moving through central Iowa Thursday afternoon caused some school bus trips in Des Moines to linger on into the night.
The snow and winds gusting to 50 mph caught many people by surprise. Des Moines Public Schools district spokesman Phil Roeder said the buses began their routes just as the worst of the storm hit. One bus that left Greenwood Elementary at 4:30 p.m. was still dropping off students at their homes at 9 p.m. A bus that left Windsor Elementary at 4:30 p.m. didn't finish its route until four hours later.
Roeder said bus drivers kept in touch with dispatchers, who tried to reach parents. He noted that not every parent could be contacted.
A blizzard warning was in effect for several counties in central and southeast Iowa until 9 p.m. Though only one to two inches fell, blowing snow reduced visibility to whiteout conditions.
Dozens of vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Waukee, closing the eastbound lanes. No injuries were reported.