AMES, Iowa – Jan. 21, 2013; 8:30 a.m. update – The Iowa Department of Transportation is gearing up for the winter storm that is on its way to Iowa today. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for the majority of the state beginning noon in southeast Iowa, 3 p.m. in central, southeast and eastern Iowa, and 6 p.m. in northern and northeast Iowa, all continuing into Friday. Northwest Iowa will be relatively unaffected by this bout of winter weather.
Iowa DOT road crews will be working around-the-clock, as necessary.
Check Iowa road conditions before traveling today by visiting http://www.511ia.org, calling 511 in Iowa or 800-288-1047 nationwide; the website also offers details on how to get traffic information via Twitter, Facebook or your mobile device.
Attention social media users: Use hashtag #iatraffic in your posts and mention @iowadot or @statewideia511 to be part of Iowa's traffic information network. Do not attempt to use mobile devices while you are driving.
Media access to an Iowa DOT Highway Division spokesperson will be provided until 10 p.m. tonight to discuss this winter event; call 515-233-7960 for assistance.