AMES, Iowa – Jan. 27, 2013; 3:15 p.m. update - The significant precipitation that was affecting Iowa earlier today has exited the state; only a light mist and some spotty rain remains. This is helping to improve travel conditions on Iowa roadways. However, travelers should remain alert during the overnight hours to the possibility of some slippery roads.
Areas of patchy dense fog, mist, frost and refreezing of precipitation on the roadways are forecast to develop tonight and linger into Monday morning. Surface temperatures will also drop to near or below freezing in many parts of the state. Exercise caution as patches of black ice and occasional slippery road conditions may be encountered.
Special caution should be exercised in areas receiving heavier amounts of precipitation today that may not yet have melted completely, as well as all bridges, overpasses and ramps statewide. The hardest hit area was Butler County where some locations received six tenths of an inch of precipitation that turned to ice as quickly as it hit cold surfaces.
This is the final news update for this storm. To stay informed during the evening and overnight hours, visit http://www.511ia.org; or call 511 in Iowa or 800-288-1047 nationwide. You can also visit this site to learn more about other ways to access 511 information via Facebook, Twitter or your mobile device.
The Iowa Department of Transportation thanks the public for their patience today. Iowa DOT maintenance crews will continue to be at your service keeping roadways safe and traffic moving, as conditions warrant.