Several inches of snow overnight Thursday and into Friday led to a variety of decisions by area schools when they made their plans for class on Friday.
While Ridge View and River Valley were able to maintain their regular class schedules all day, Cherokee and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn started their classes two hours late and both South O'Brien and Alta-Aurelia called off classes for the entire day.
The National Weather Service reported several inches of snow in northwest Iowa early Friday morning, though the heaviest amount of snow, up to 8 inches, piled across northern Iowa and into northern Illinois during the afternoon. Reports of up to six inches were received in Cherokee and surrounding counties, with temperatures plummeting to below zero Thursday and Friday nights.
State officials reported a multiple vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near West Branch around 10:30 a.m. Friday, and flights at some Iowa airports were also canceled by the storm. Several flights to and from Chicago and Minneapolis to the Cedar Rapids airport were canceled at mid-day Friday, as were flights to and from Chicago to Dubuque.
Area law enforcement agencies reported several fender-benders caused by motorists driving too fast for the road conditions.