AMES, Iowa – Feb. 27, 2013; 9 a.m. update – The winter storm is continuing to impact Iowa roadways this morning, especially in portions of central, south central and eastern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s WeatherView system is presently reporting a north-northeast wind of 5 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Light snow is also continuing to fall across much of the state.
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service’s remains in effect in until noon for much of central and eastern Iowa; a hazardous weather outlook advisory remains in effect for southwest Iowa.
Persons should continue to exercise caution when traveling this morning as the pavement can go quickly from wet to icy due to the snow blowing across the roadways. East-west roadways are particularly vulnerable.
The Iowa DOT continues to urge motorists to provide feedback on travel conditions via Twitter and Facebook, while stopped in a safe location and not while driving.
- Geotag photos and video: All smartphones have a global positioning system because of enhanced 911 service. If you are a social media user who likes to share photos and video during winter storms, be sure the geotagging feature on your mobile device is enabled. Then the location of where your photo/video was taken will be tagged.
- Follow us: All traffic-related news releases and traffic incident reports are posted on the Iowa DOT’s Twitter accounts. Search for either @iowadot or @statewideia511.
- Use the traffic hashtag: The Iowa DOT is using the hashtag #iatraffic during this event and recommends that other Twitter users do the same to find relevant tweets using that key phrase.
- Tell us what you are seeing: Your information could be invaluable to others who are considering travel. You can also be another set of eyes for the Iowa DOT. When posting to Twitter, reference @iowadot in your post. Tag us in your posts and photos on Facebook.
The Iowa DOT offers travel information anytime by visiting http://www.511ia.org or calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).