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Truckers stranded by Winter Storm Magnus

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(Nicole Wiegand/Daily News)
Semi trucks line up at Love's Truck Stop on the eastern edge of Newton Wednesday afternoon, many of them stranded by blowing and drifting snow that moved through central Iowa late Tuesday night.
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(Nicole Wiegand/Daily News)
Justin Shrogen, of York, Neb., Greg Bice of Alden, Iowa, and Dallas Myrick, also of York, stand inside the Love's Truck Stop convenice store in Newton on Wednesday afternoon after finding themselves stranded by inclement winter weather. In addition to slick roads and gusting winds, a spattering of highway accidents compunded delays along Interstate 80.

They drove from as far as Pennsylvania and Missouri, headed for Colorado, Nebraska and Salt Lake City. As Tuesday night’s winter storm rolled in, however, they wouldn’t make it further than the Love’s Truck Stop off Interstate 80 exit 168.

Harvey Miskiman of Cedar Rapids and Gordon Fouche of Bruce, Wis., were just two of the countless long-haul truckers stranded overnight as blowing and drifting snow moved through central Iowa causing pileups, fender benders and ultimately, delays.

Truckers and travellers alike stayed warm inside McDonald’s, Chester’s Chicken and the Love’s convenience store. With not much else to do, many kept busy simply chatting with other stranded motorists.

“One nice thing about truckers is that it’s not hard to strike up a conversation with someone you’ve never met before,” Justin Shogren of York, Neb., said with a laugh.

Temperatures across Jasper County are expected to hover below freezing over the weekend until Sunday and Monday, when temperatures are expected to warm.

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