Winter Weather
Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY -- Widespread snow is falling in Iowa, but party leaders from the Republican and Democratic state parties say the caucuses will still occur in more than 1,600 precincts statewide Monday night.

Snow fell in Sioux City for much of the morning, making for a slower 8 a.m commute. Areas of the state could get up to five inches, so some schools are calling off classes early.

Nonetheless, state party officials in a joint statement said there is no provision to postpone the caucuses.

"We recognize the hardship that today's weather could cause for some caucus-goers to get to their caucus site this evening. However, after reviewing Iowa Code and our respective constitutions, there is no provision for us to postpone the caucuses due to weather," the statement said.

"We urge everyone to use caution and common-sense when heading out this evening. Take it slow, allow plenty of time, and take care while on the roads. If any caucus-goers have questions or concerns, they should check the Republican Party of Iowa website or call 515-282-8105 or the Iowa Democratic Party website or call 515-244-7292."

The caucuses begin at 7 p.m. In Woodbury County, Republicans will meet at nine precincts. The sites include North Middle School and East Middle School in Sioux City, and seven smaller cities.

Democrats will meet at five sites, which includes all three Sioux City public high schools, plus Moville and Sergeant Bluff.

Democratic and Republican activists in Iowa gather in a series of precinct caucuses to discuss principles, pick delegates and set the course to the important mid-term elections in November.

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