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Blizzard-Like Conditions Overnight Cause Problems for Many in the QCA

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Update: Illinois State Police District 7 in East Moline says it handled two crashes, one plane crash and 51 motorist assists/vehicles in the ditch/abandon vehicles.

Viewers shared their stories with KWQC-TV6 Monday morning from the blizzard-like conditions on Jan. 26 and early Jan. 27. Several viewers told us they were stranded at one point in the night due to the blowing snow and near whiteout conditions.

Viewers said they spotted multiple cars stuck in ditches across the QCA. Several people reported those sightings along Highway 30 between Clinton and DeWitt, Ia.

Similar accounts came from rural Illinois, where one viewer tells us he was stuck for hours in the near-whiteout conditions.

"It just got the point where you couldn't see anything standing still on the road," said viewer Shawn Maxfield of his drive on Highway 30 between Morrison, Il. And Sterling, Il Sunday night.

Maxfield was trying to get from Sterling to Savanna, Il. He said the roads weren't bad in Sterling, but when he got out into a more rural area, the blowing snow made driving impossible. He waited out the worst of the storm at a nearby restaurant for about three hours, in hopes of not ending up in a ditch like others he had seen.

Later, Maxfield and a group of other drivers waiting at the restaurant formed a caravan to head back to Sterling where conditions were better.

Meanwhile, viewers were even experiencing wind-related issues off the roads.

"I heard this noise like someone had broken a dish," said Ashley Kimbel. "So I thought I had dropped something on the floor. And out of the corner of my eye, I watched my window crack from one corner to another."

Kimbel said the wind was so bad near her Rock Island home, she could barely see what was outside her window.

While the blizzard warning ended overnight, the wind chill warning and extreme cold are here to stay through tomorrow.

So far more than 100 QCA schools have reported cancellations because of the weather.

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