Debbie Heinick shivers while waiting in line to attend a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Jan. 12, 2016, in Cedar Falls, Ia. 
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Ahead of caucuses, Iowans brace for blizzard


The latest weather reports from Iowa indicate that candidates will face a fresh challenge in amassing critical support at caucus events across the state: snow, and potentially lots of it. 

Much of Iowa is under a blizzard watch starting Monday night through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. By the time the caucus starts, snow will likely be falling in some western parts of Iowa, including Council Bluffs.

Photos from the Iowa campaign trail
As Iowans prepare to cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential election, Democrat and Republican candidates have been blanketing the state.
 The Iowa caucuses for both parties require physical attendance at the evening community meetings. However, the Weather Channel conducted a poll indicating that bad weather is unlikely to slow dedicated caucus-goers down. Of Iowa Democrats, 70 percent said it’s never too cold to attend the caucus, and 63 percent of Iowa Republicans said the same. 

Snow is expected to pick up in the late hours of Monday into Tuesday. Much of Iowa will face a blizzard Tuesday, which could cause trouble for anyone trying to leave the state following the caucuses.