DES MOINES, Iowa – A winter storm working its way across the state has made travel problematic for many Iowans hoping to get to their destination before the holidays.

Iowa roads are partially to mostly covered in snow as of Thursday at 8:45 a.m., with the Iowa Department of Transportation even saying travel is not advised on I-35/80 in the Des Moines area. Travel is also not advised on I-80 between Des Moines and the Iowa City area.

The Des Moines Police Department has already responded to multiple crashes Thursday morning and I-235 has been a particular problem. A semi jackknifed earlier on the interstate near Guthrie Avenue and a police car that was responding to the crash was rear-ended. Sgt. Paul Parizek with DMPD says no injuries were reported from that.

Another crash was visible on the Iowa DOT cameras at the Easton Blvd. exit from I-235 eastbound. It appeared two vehicles were involved. Police have not said whether anyone was injured in that crash.

A crash caused westbound Army Post Rd. from Fleur Drive to be closed for about half an hour earlier today, but it has re-opened.

DMPD is advising drivers to stay off of I-235 because of the crashes. It’s creating slow traffic which is creating a delay for crews treating the road.

Blowing snow is causing slick roads and poor visibility and it will only get worse as the winds pick up later — creating whiteout conditions.

Air travel is also being affected by the storm, with multiple delays and cancellations being reported at the Des Moines International Airport. Some issues with flights are arising because of winter weather at other busy travel hubs, like Chicago, as well. If you are flying within the next few days, check with your airline about whether things are running on time.

You can check the status of flights at the Des Moines International Airport here.