AMES, IOWA – Jan. 30, 2013; 1:15 p.m. update – Roads, bridges, overpasses and ramps remain slick in many locations in Iowa. Numerous accidents, blockages, backups and jackknifed trucks have been reported throughout the day. Some incidents can take considerable time to clear.
Of particular concern this afternoon is the persistent blowing snow over east-west roadways in open areas, which is causing glazing of roadway surfaces. Patchy slick spots can be encountered at any time. Traveling under these conditions requires:
Drivers to give their full attention to the driving task.
Reduced travel speeds.
Staying back from the vehicles ahead as they could make erratic, sudden maneuvers.
Everyone in the vehicle to wear seat belts at all times.
Patience, give yourself added time to get to your destination and don’t be the cause of an accident by driving too fast for conditions or cutting in and out in traffic.
The heaviest concentration of precipitation at this time is centered on an area that generally extends from Marshalltown east to Cedar Rapids and Iowa City; and from Ottumwa north to Waterloo. Traffic will be more difficult in this area. This includes parts of I-80, I-380 and U.S.218. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. for the eastern third of the state.
If you plan to travel today, check road conditions by visiting http://511ia.org or calling 511 in Iowa or 800-288-1047 nationwide. You can also follow the Iowa DOT on Facebook or Twitter.